Armour of Tipu Sultan
Cuirass and helmet (peti) Indian made in Mysore, late 18th century from the arsenal of Tipu Sultan.
Circumference of the hat 820 mm
Length of the neck flap 325 mm
Length of the peti 840 mm
Depth 220 mm
Helmet is 1.35 kg
Peti is 1.4kg
- Tipu Sultan was ruler of the Southern Indian state of Mysore from 1782 -99.
- He was known as the ‘Tiger of Mysore’.
- An ally of France, he was killed at the siege of Seringapatam fighting against the British forces of the East India Company.
- The commander of the British was Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington.
- The helmet (peti) and cuirass are covered in red velvet and embroidered with gold thread.