"Tippoo's Tiger" was made for Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore in South India; the British looted it from his capital Srirangapattana (Seringapatam) after its fall in 1799. The wooden semi-automaton tiger was sent to London and is now housed in the Victoria & Albert Museum.
This lecture is a part of THE ART OF INDIA STUDY SERIES. Presented by well-known art, social and cultural historians, the ART OF INDIA study series will explore the artistic, social and cultural worlds where objects, interiors and design meet.
The lectures and events will consider how historical contemporary ideas connect and convey meanings that celebrate culture in the making.
image: maker unknown Tippoo's Tiger (Mechanical organ), Mysore, India, circa 1793 painted wood with metal fixtures collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2545(IS))