LACRIMAE

History cannon 41  | 015495

  This Spanish cannon was made with copper from Lima, Peru. This is a strong indication about the complexity involved in the production of cannons. Often the raw material came from a distant country and it was casted in a country far away from the battle occurred. The weight and size was not taken in consideration perhaps because they were transported by boats or cost was
not a priority.

  This piece, named Tibério, was captured by the Brazilian army
in the battle against General Artigas in Uruguay. José Gervasio Artigas, a national Uruguayan hero, was a politician and military man who resisted the Portuguese-Brazilian invasion, fighting for the independence of his country. The conflict began in 1816 and lasted until 1820 when Artigas self-exiled in Paraguay from where he never returned. Brazil came out victorious at that time, annexing the Eastern part of Uruguay to its territory, denominating the Province of Cisplatina. Today, it is part of Uruguay. This region was mainly occupied by the Charruas, an indigenous group declared extinct in 1832 at the end of Uruguay's independence conflicts.

  The persecution led many of the Charruas to miscegenate and renounce their identity. According to the newspaper El Pais, today in 2020, the international recognition of indigenous communities and the promotion of pride of belonging to these communities have made many descendants reappear. They have claimed
state recognition and land demarcation, proving that Uruguay's reputation as the only country in Latin America without Indians
is not correct.

Curiosity: This artillery piece is sister of cannon 39 with the smell Invasion, called Advino. It was common to name cannons with classic or mythological names in Spain at the end of the 18th century.

smell Lacrimae
 

  The smell Lacrimae has opposing notes since we wanted to bring the War of Paraguay as a represention of the past and the political manifestations that have happened recently in Brazil and in other parts of the world. In these demonstrations tear gas has been used by the police, although it has been prohibited in some countries.
We added to the more agressive achords, salty and
musky base notes representing the sad tears.

 

That is the cannon’s history and the reasons 
it is associated with the smell Lacrimae
These questions are bridges between you and 
passages of Brazilian History - past and present.
Contribute in the construction of the 
smell's collective imagination.
Can you connect one or several
smells with sadness and tears?
 

Answer here