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88/609 Rocket model, 'Flying Crow with God's Fire', Chinese firework, bamboo / paper / cardboard / string, Ministry of Aeronautics, China, 1987. Click to enlarge.

Rocket replica 'Flying Crow with God's Fire'

Made
This replica military device highlights China’s connection with the ancient origin of rocketry.

The 'Flying Crow with God's Fire' was a type of bomb invented in China around the 1300s. Resembling a crow, the weapon used firework-type rockets to give it a long range. The body of the crow was filled with gunpowder and sealed. The bird-shaped features stabilised the bomb’s flight and its aerodynamic design allowed it to fly great distances. Upon impact the gunpowder ignited, producing a flash …

Summary

Object No.

88/609

Object Statement

Rocket model, 'Flying Crow with God's Fire', Chinese firework, bamboo / paper / cardboard / string, Ministry of Aeronautics, China, 1987

Physical Description

Rocket model, 'Flying Crow with God's Fire', Chinese firework, bamboo / paper / cardboard / string, Ministry of Aeronautics, China, 1987

Dimensions

Height

80 mm

Width

810 mm

Depth

455 mm

Production

Made

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Ministry Of Astronautics, People's Republic of China,1988

Acquisition Date

8 August 1988

Cite this Object

Harvard

Rocket replica 'Flying Crow with God's Fire' 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 June 2022, <https://ma.as/86323>

Wikipedia

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