Body Armour

late 18th century (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Quilted cotton cuirass covering the upper torso, composed of a rectangular panel almost an inch in thickness, covered overall in green velvet. It is fastened by lacing loops at the front, and is provided with armholes and epaulettes, which have become detached.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 6 parts.
(Some alternative part names are also shown below)
  • Body Armour
  • Peti
  • Fragment
  • Fragment
  • Fragment
  • Body Armour
  • Body Armour
Materials and Techniques
Quilted cotton covered with green velvet
Brief Description
Body armour (peti) of quilted cotton covered with green velvet with ties at the front, taken at the siege of Seringapatam in 1799, Mysore, late 18th century.
Physical Description
Quilted cotton cuirass covering the upper torso, composed of a rectangular panel almost an inch in thickness, covered overall in green velvet. It is fastened by lacing loops at the front, and is provided with armholes and epaulettes, which have become detached.
Credit line
Transferred from the India Museum in 1879
Object history
Taken at the Siege of Seringapatam in 1799 and associated with Tipu Sultan.
Production
Transferred from the India Museum to South Kensington Museum in 1879
Bibliographic References
  • Egerton, Wilbraham, An illustrated handbook of Indian arms; being a classified and descriptive catalogue of the arms exhibited at the India museum: with an introductory sketch of the military history of India, London, 1880p.124
  • Tippoo's tiger / Mildred Archer. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1983 (c. 1959) Number: 0905209532 (pbk) :p.29, pl. 22, II.
  • Lord Egerton of Tatton, Indian and Oriental Armour, London, 1896, p. 124, Cat. No. 589
Other Numbers
  • 589 - Egerton Catalogue Number
  • 1163 - India Museum Slip Book
Collection
Accession Number
3517:1to:6/(IS)

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record createdSeptember 29, 2003
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