Sword (shamshir)

Sword (shamshir)

Steel overlaid with gold
Mysore, India
Late 18th century
Museum no. IS.72-1884

Persian inscriptions on this steel sword overlaid with gold decoration indicated that it belonged to Tipu Sultan of Mysore (ruled 1782-1799). It was taken from his armoury in 1799 when his capital fell in the Siege of Seringapatam and his palace was plundered, before the contents were formally divided between the victorious British soldiers.