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Inscribed Sword of Tipu Sultan
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This Object is a Masterpiece as the National Museum has only one such sword. The sword belongs to emperor Tipu Sultan, who was ruller of Mysore, Karnataka. The Delhishahi hilt with its circular disc pommel, oval grip, small knucle-guard, short quillons and small langets, is damascened in gold in floral, creeper and geometrical designs all over. The blade is similarly ornamented with floral motifs in gold, and the wooden sheath is covered with maroon velvet.

History of the Object
The sword of Tipu Sultan of Mysore belongs to the closing years of the 18th century. The curved blade is single -edged and is made of fine steel. It is inscribed, on both sides, with the verses from the Holy Quran; the name of Tipu and that of his capital Srirangapattnam are recorded in Tugra style. The verses in Arabic Naskh read: Innal Allah-i-Ala Kulli Shaien Qadeer (Allah is the most powerful and omnipotent ) Nasrun-Minal Alllah-i-Fathun Qarib (With the help of Allah the victory is very near).Wa-Man Yatawakkal Alal Allah-i-Fahua Husbohu Ya Hafiz (Who has faith in Allah, Allah is enough for him). The hilt consists of a circular disc pommel, an oval grip, short quillons, small langets and a knuckle-guard for the protection of hand.

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
Steel, Wood,Velvet 
Measurements
Length: 74.1cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Circa 1790 
Where it was made
Mysore, Karnataka South 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
Circa 1790 
Function
This is personal sword of Tipu Sultan and was used in war as well as for decoration. 
Acquisition
Purchased from Mrs.Sulaiman Moizuddin, Hyderabad on 31-12-1955.  
Copyright
National Museum, New Delhi 
Acknowledgements
National Museum, New Delhi 
Owner
National Museum, New Delhi 
Museum
National Museum-New Delhi 
Credit line
National Museum, New Delhi 

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