Model of a Basilisk (Cannon) for Emperor Charles V (1500–1558)

Founder Pietro d'Arena Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371

This unique cannon is a scale model, probably designed to be over 15 feet (4.6 m) long when produced in full size. It is made up of four sections (one is missing) that screw together, allowing it to be disassembled for easier transport. Cast into its decoration are a portrait of Charles V, his coat of arms, and other personal insignia, suggesting the model was created as a gift for the emperor.

Model of a Basilisk (Cannon) for Emperor Charles V (1500–1558), Pietro d'Arena (Italian, Sicily, active ca. 1503–23), Bronze, Italian

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