Conservation: Tipu’s Tiger

Conservation: Tipu’s Tiger

I’m Nigel Bamforth and i’m the Senior Conservator in the Furniture and Wood Section at the Victoria and Albert Museum We work on a great many objects and ‘Tippoo’s Tiger’ is one of the objects that we have the privilege to work on. The object has come into the storeroom for some analysis and whilst the object is here we are looking to take some wood samples and try and identify some of the original surfaces of the object. The state of the of the object as whole on the inside, we have been taking photographic records of the interior. So hopefully this process will give us a bit more insight into the original fabric of the object. What we are trying to achieve is to see what layers there are on the object and what the original colour scheme of the object was. In most Areas it’s very evident that you can see there is over-painting and there are hardly any areas that have not been over-painted. This is very Recognisable by the depth of the paint surfaces and the painting over the old glosses that can be seen around on the body and on the trousers of the object. Areas like the silver band here, this is raised and looks like a foil, this has been bent over it would be interesting to know whether this is something that was applied or whether this was original. It looks as though it has been applied I would have thought. And also the whole colour scheme for the body There have been numerous whisker that have been painted on it and these might be a romantic interpretation by a later person who did the restoration on it. Around his jaws the spots have been applied they are very basic spots that have been put on. For the paint analysis it requires: taking a small sample of the surfaces. What my colleague and I are looking at is removing areas from different parts of the body of both the tiger and the man. We are doing this with a scalpel and we will be embedding the fragments into resin like ice cubes and then these will be ground and will go to the science department for analysis.

Randy Schultz

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34 thoughts on “Conservation: Tipu’s Tiger

  1. daRaginCajun says:

    is there by chance a video of Tipu's Tiger making the roaring and screaming sounds that are often mentioned in its description? i have not been able to find any on here and i am curious to find out what those sounded like.

  2. Lisandro Ricardo Goiriz says:

    el sonido se perdió (cuándo no) gracias a los bombardeos nazis

  3. Flipdrivel says:

    Stop saying "object"!!

  4. Flipdrivel says:

    "The trousers of the object"?! Oh come on.

  5. cool vlogs says:

    all things fro india in british

  6. Shounak Katyayan says:

    That's how we learn about this. By watching at a youtube video.




    Excuse me stop saying "object" ok? British steals everything from our India

  9. Poonam Pandey says:

    stop saying object

  10. Poonam Pandey says:

    British only know how to steal something

  11. Mohammed Sadakath Ali Aamiri says:

  12. Ben C says:

    I read about this in Sharpe, never thinking it was a real device. Very interesting.

  13. Aussie Roberts says:

    man these indians are salty in the comments

  14. Jenn Hoff says:

    What?!  All that and we never got to see it work????!

  15. S. Payne says:

    this instrument was built to insult the Brits, thieves that they are. Tipu sultan (pbuh) protected the traditions of Indian classical music and gave sanctuary and employment to the keepers of Indian traditions. It is such an insult to see these pasty faced Brits vandalizing yet another part of the Indian culture. PS I'm a caucasian of british background and these cultural barbarians do not speak for me.

  16. pubg gamer Force raj says:

    All the britisher know how to steal they have steal this toy from india madarchoud slae

  17. Sorabsonis says:

    Britishers thief’s

  18. rimna riyas says:


  19. Shubhangi Rambhad says:

    You stealer from India

  20. Pradeep Kumar Bisht says:

    india is best

  21. Bhagyashree Munde says:

    yes britishers are stealers

  22. NARPAT SINGH says:


  23. baljot singh says:

    britains thief took everything from india

  24. rakshit tripathi says:

    ya read about this in 7 th ncert

  25. VISHNU KUMAR KR says:

    stole from us

  26. haider2 k9 says:

    tipu sultan zindabad sher

  27. Clash DISASTER says:

    So you bloodsuckers also steal stuff that 'offend and insult' you .You people really are shameless and greedy retards

  28. thepunisher says:

    A'holes took everything

  29. shaik NOORULLA says:

    He's awesome person in the world

  30. jah jah says:

    " OmG StOP SaYInG ObbJJEECCT! " and "ThIEVes and StEAlERs! "…. Except you would do exactly the same if you where them then and there… Hyprocrital and delusional comments to say the least, you do know other people did the same thing right? Or do you only research the one and only history that you get told to be true?

  31. Thunder Bolt says:

    it was made in 1790s and i am sure britishers will find it difficult today also. coz they dont know how to make anything …they only know stealing from others..

  32. Geeta 1729 says:

    They not even spared a toy….

  33. BALU CHANDRA says:

    Even thief's will have some dignity than the Britishers

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