Flintlock Blunderbuss

Indian, Mysore, Srirangapatna

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This gun comes from the armory of Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore, a Muslim state within southern (Hindu) India, from 1782 to 1799. Tipu called himself the “Tiger of Mysore” and employed tiger imagery in every aspect of his court. The cock of this flintlock is a tiger’s head and the barrel is damascened in gold with tiger stripes. Manufactured in the capital of Seringapatam and incorporating the latest European technology, Tipu’s firearms were the most distinctive and sophisticated in India at the time.

Flintlock Blunderbuss, Steel, wood, silver, gold, copper alloy, Indian, Mysore, Srirangapatna

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