Blowguns and Cannons in Medieval Greek

Blowguns

Fig. 1 — The word “pañumpit” ⟨pañupit⟩ in the gebang manuscript of the “Sanghyang Siksakandang Karesian”, dated 1518. Jakarta, National Library of Indonesia (Perpustakaan Nasional Republik Indonesia), kropak L630, f.10v.
Fig. 2— L: A relief of a man shooting a blowgun. Borobudur, Central Java, ninth-century. My photo, November 2018. R: An early illustration of a blowgun from a French manuscript of “Ruralia commoda” (here: “Livre des prouffitz champestres et ruraulx”, ‘book of rural and countryside profits’) by Pietro de Crescenzi, 1470–1475 (see also Cranstone 1949). Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, Ms-5064, f.265r.

Cannons

Fig. 3— Hussite war wagons, complete with gunners and crossbowmen (and possibly cerbottane in the back?). A goose (Czech: “husa”, associated to some extent with the Hussite movement) appears on the flag above the tent. Hunyadi wasn’t a Hussite, of course, but he did adopt this successful technique from the Hussite armies. Vienna, Austrian National Library (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek), Cod. 3062, f.148r. ‘Sammelhandschrift zur Kriegkunst’. 1437 CE.

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Posting about ancient and medieval Indonesia, up to ~1500 CE. Mainly into 14th & 15th century stuff, but earlier is fine too.

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