At the London Bonhams Islamic and Indian Art sale, the fabled sword of Tipu Sultan fetched an astounding $17.4 million.
The blade, known as “The Sword of the Ruler,” mesmerized bidders with its superb craftsmanship. The sword was expertly crafted by Mughal swordsmiths, who took design cues from German blades that had traveled to India in the 16th century.
The sword’s hilt is adorned with exquisitely crafted gold lettering that includes two invocations to God by name and five representations of God.
The sword’s exceptional craftsmanship and association with a significant historical figure made it a prized possession among collectors and enthusiasts.
The auctioneer and Bonhams’ Head of Islamic and Indian Art, Oliver White, described the sword’s exceptional significance. He emphasized that it is the most amazing Tipu Sultan-related weapon that is still in private hands.
The sword was among several weapons taken from Tipu Sultan’s palace after his regal stronghold at Seringapatam was lost on May 4, 1799, according to the auction’s official website. Surprisingly, after the war, the Bedchamber Sword was found in his personal quarters.
The Kingdom of Mysore in South India was ruled by the valiant and powerful Tipu Sultan from 1782 to 1799.
He gained his reputation as the “Tiger of Mysore” due to his commanding presence in many battles and his unyielding spirit. He fiercely resisted British colonial expansion in United India and was renowned for his strategic acumen.
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