Sunday, May 24, 2015

Tipu Sultan - the Tiger of Mysore

A gem-set sword bearing the head of a tiger that originates from the armoury of legendary Indian ruler Tipu Sultan headlined a sale at Bonhams.

The lot made £2.1m ($3.1m) when it crossed the block in London on April 21.
Tipu Sultan (1750-1799), also known as the Tiger of Mysore, ruled a vast swathe of southern India during the 18th century.

He fought ferociously against the encroachments of the British East India Company, but was ultimately defeated at the Siege of Seringapatam in 1799.
A 3-pounder bronze cannon was another highlight, selling for £1.4m ($2.1m).

A flintlock pistol with left-hand lock, the barrel and mechanism made for Tipu Sultan by craftsman Asad-e Amin at the Royal Workshop at Seringapatam, dated AD 1797-98.

Inscription on the barrel reads: 'Tofang-e binazir-e khusraw-e hind ke bashad barq-e suzan thani-ye u tavanad sar-nevesht-e khasm bar-dasht hadaf gardad agar pishani-ye u, (The peerless rifle of the Khusraw of India to which the forked lightning is second can seal the enemy's fate if his forehead is made the target.)
A magnificent two shot superimposed-load silver-mounted Flintlock Sporting Gun from the personal armoury of Tipu Sultan, by craftsman Asad Khan-e Muhammad at Seringapatam, dated AD 1793-94.


A pair of silver-mounted Flintlock pistols with left and right-hand locks, made for Tipu Sultan by craftsman Asad-e Amin at the royal workshop at Seringapatam, Mysore, dated AD 1794-95. Sold For: 134,500 £

A Tipu Sultan sword fitted with a captured English blade.






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