14 février 2010

Tigers in Victoria & Albert Museum

Tippoo's Tiger, automaton with mechanical organ, India, about 1793. Museum no. 2545(IS). Victoria & Albert Museum, London This extraordinary model of a tiger devouring a European belonged to the Indian ruler Tipu Sultan. Tipu was known as the 'Tiger of Mysore' and the automaton was a symbol of his authority and a reflection of his opposition to the British. The tiger houses an organ, possibly the work of a Frenchman in Tipu's service, which simulates its roar and the shrieks of the victim. 'Tiger and Magpie',... [Lire la suite]
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