Detail of a sword and scimitar

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Owned by Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore

Postcard of Detail of a sword and scimitar.
© National Museums Scotland

Detail of a sword and scimitar

A scimitar is a short curved sword used chiefly by Turks or Arabs. This detail shows the hilt of a scabbard owned by Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore in India.

The silver mounted hilt bears Arabic inscriptions.

Tipu Sultan fought against British rule in India and was defeated in 1799 by the Scottish General Sir David Baird. The General had formerly been one of the Sultan's prisoners.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-761-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MCR 45
Date: 18th century
Material: Silver mounting on sword and scabbard
Dimensions: 875 mm L
What: Scimitar / scabbard
Subject: Clanranald Collection (NMAS Classification)
Who: Clanranald Collection of Jacobite and Family Relics
Tipu Saltan (Owner)
Description: Scimitar and scabbard which belonged to Tipu Saltan, silver mounted with Arabic inscriptions
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