History cannon 37 | 015884
This flattened bronze cannon was the first one cast by the Court's War Arsenal, in the former Ponta de Areia Foundry in Niterói. He is affectionately nicknamed "Garoto" (“Kiddy” or “Boy”) due to the shape of his mouth being similar to the candy "Garoto", produced by the Brazilian chocolate factory "Garoto" in the city of Vila Velha in the state of Espírito Santo.
The body of the piece has an approximately rectangular shape with round angles, the frames of the reinforcements are smooth, without decorations. The proposed function of this experiment cannon is unclear, but it never participated in a battle. In the creation of the Museu Histórico Nacional, this cannon was incorporated in museum collections.
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An unsettling smell, with earthy, woody and salty notes. Dirty clay, luscious smell, alcohol, vanilla excesses. Illusion. A floral cyprus, but masculine, with geraniums, oak moss and amber notes and velvety sandalwood. Intense touches of patchouli and tuberose bring this smell to earth, while notes of civet make it intense.
A disturbing mixture reproduces the smells of vomit with earth, wood and milk. It pricks the nose and becomes bitter. Its green stalks look like plants rubbed into the earth, with indolic scents. It is a smell that plays with the illusion of what this cannon could have been, since it is known that this little cannon was never part of a battle.