Language: Possibly from the Malay
Source: Dutch colonial sources
Lila or lilla is the name for a type of cannon, often mounted as a swivel cannon, that was commonly used on vessels around the Malay archipelago. According to Gardner, writing in 1934, it was named after the heroine in the popular story Layla and Majnun.
Lila in the Rijksmuseum collection, accession number NG-MC-1105.
Captured from pirates near Tanjung Pulisan on the north-eastern tip of Celebes. April 1856.
Barrel thought to be of Borneo make.
1. C. J. Smits; Gedenkboek van het Koninklijk-Militair Invalidenhuis Bronbeek. P. Gouda Quint, Arnhem, 1881. Page 6.
2. G.B. Gardner; Keris and other Malay weapons, Progressive Publishing Company, Singapore, 1936.