Tipu Sultan's Magic Box | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Treasury of Tipu Sultan of Mysore (d. 1799); Brought to England after the battle of Seringapatam ca.1799 by General Robert Bell of the Honorable East India Company's Madras Artillery; Given by Bell to his friend Sir Charles Hopkinson; By descent to Hopkinson's great nephew Hans William Sotheby; By descent to his wife Charlotte Cornish; By descent to her second husband Ingram Bywater of the University of Oxford; By descent to Charles Francis Bell of the Ashmolean Museum, in December 1914, a…
Sultan Haider Ali Father of Tipu Sultan, showing the Geneology of Tipu Sultan, India. Tipu Sultan (TheTiger of Mysore) November 1750 to May 1799 was the ruler of the Sultanate of Mysore. He was the son of Hyder Ali, at that time an officer in the Mysorean army, and his second wife, Fatima or Fakhr-un-Nissa. During Tipu's childhood, his father rose to take power in Mysore, and Tipu became rule of the kingdom upon his father's death. In 1799 he was murdered by the British.
Tiger's head (gold, rubies, diamonds, rock crystal), presented to William IV by the East India Company 1831, looted by British forces from the palace/fortress (Seringapatam) of Tipu Sultan, (The Tiger of Mysore), who's motto was "better to live a single day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep". Tipu Sultan (1750-99) succeeded his father, Haidar Ali, as ruler of the South Indian state of Mysore in 1782 until being murdered by the British in 1799.