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Cane

  • Place of origin:

    Mysore? (made)

  • Date:

    late 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Repousse gold, silver ferrule and steel

  • Museum number:

    2457(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 28B

This cane was acquired by the Indian Museum as having once been the property of Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore from 1782-1799. If so, it would probably have been taken in the looting following the Siege of Seringapatam in 1799, when the British army attacked his capital and Tipu Sultan was killed. Heavy looting followed, and when this was stopped, the contents of his treasury were formally divided between the victorious British soldiers according to rank, in accordance with the conventions of the day. The cane was transferred, with other parts of the collections of the Indian Museum, to the South Kensington Museum in 1879.

Physical description

MALACCA CANE: with handle of repousse gold, silver ferrule and steel tip. South India. Late 18th century.

Place of Origin

Mysore? (made)

Date

late 18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Repousse gold, silver ferrule and steel

Object history note

Reputedly from Seringapatam, taken in 1799 and acquired by the Indian Museum. Transferred to the South Kensington Museum 1879.

Descriptive line

MALACCA CANE: with handle of repousse gold, silver ferrule and steel tip. South India. Late 18th century.

Labels and date

MALACCA CANE: with handle of repousse gold, silver ferrule and steel tip. South India. Late 18th century.

WALKING STICK
Gold handle worked in repoussé, with a silver ferrule and steel tip
South India
Late 18th century

2457 (IS)
The cane is made of rattan wood from South-East Asia and has a South Indian gold handle. It was in the Indian Museum some time before 1879. No details of its history have survived apart from the claim that it belonged to Tipu Sultan, but it has no distinguishing marks to support this. [27/9/2013]
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Categories

India Museum

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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