Tippoo’s tiger

Sculpture of Tippoo’s tiger based on the Automaton in the V&A museum, which moves and makes sounds.

Tipu (Tippoo) Sultan was the ruler of Mysore, India in the eighteenth century. He hated the English. He was fascinated by technology so he commissioned ‘artists’ to create a life size tiger eating a British soldier. When the handle is cranked there is a lunging movement and the tiger growls. This magnificent piece of work is on display at the V and A museum in London. The carved and painted sculpture in my collection was made by Stewart Tuckniss and is based on the original at the V&A museum.