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artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
SSEA
credit
date_end
1799-12-31
date_start
1777-01-01
date_text
ca.1782-1799 (made)
descriptive_line
dimensions
Height: 21 cm, Width: 12.5 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
South Asia, room 41
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
Unknown because the original number is lost. The decoration, however, indicates that this and its companion were made for Tipu Sultan.
id
1129
label
POLE ENDS FROM A PALANQUIN Gilded silver, cast and chased Mysore 1780-1800 IPN.2599&A Transferred from the Indian Museum in 1879 These pole ends probably came from a litter (palanquin) used to carry women of the court when they travelled. The distinctive tiger-stripes, and the way in which the eyes are modelled, are strikingly similar to those on the wooden tiger in this case. This suggests the pole ends were made at Tipu Sultan’s court. All the ruler’s personal possessions were decorated with tiger-stripe motifs. These carried complex political and religious significance and led to the British referring to Tipu Sultan as ‘The Tiger of Mysore’. [27/9/2013]
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:23:41.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:23:41.000Z
latitude
12.31305
location
South Asia, room 41, case 28B
longitude
76.64966
marks
materials
Silver
materials_techniques
Silver, gilt
museum_number
IPN.2599
museum_number_token
ipn2599
object_number
O34427
object_type
Palanquin pole end
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Palanquins were the litters used when travelling, the poles used by the bearers to carry the palanquin. The gilt pole-ends are in the form of tigers-heads.The shape of the eyes and the scale of the stripes in relation to the head are closely similar to those of Tipu Sultan's wooden tiger.
place
Mysore
primary_image_id
2009BY8602
production_note
probably finials from the ends of poles supporting a howdah or palanquin of Tipu Sultan
production_type
public_access_description
This finial made of thickly gilt silver was probably a terminal from one of the poles supporting a palanquin or howdah. Its decoration identifies it as having been made for Tipu Sultan (r.1782-1799) the Muslim ruler of Mysore in South India. Artefacts made for him personally were decorated with tiger motifs and tiger stripes. Although the use of a tiger head in the decoration of courtly objects was by no means confined to his court, the precise form of the stripes on this finial, the shape of the eye, and the scale of the stripes in relation to the head, all compare closely with other artefacts made for the ruler, notably his mechanical tiger which is also in the V&A (IS.2545). Tipu Sultan's treasury was seized by the British when they defeated the Mysore army at the Siege of Seringapatam in 1799, and divided between the victorious troops. Much of it was immediately resold, and anything made of silver or gold was probably melted down. Although any documentation that may have linked this piece directly with Tipu Sultan has been lost, its origins are apparent from its design. The circumstances under which his treasury was broken up make it very likely that it was taken at the 1799 siege.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
palanquin-pole-end-unknown
sys_updated
2013-11-21T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
gilt
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
1799
year_start
1777