• Tipu Sultan


This exhibition delved into the life and times of Tipu Sultan, the South Indian ruler, statesman, and patron.

Drawn entirely from the MIA collection, and featuring many objects which had never been displayed in Qatar, the centerpiece is a group of 24 paintings showing Tipu’s victory at the Battle of Pollilur in 1780.

This is only the second time that these paintings have been shown as a cycle in the last 30 years, and the first time since they were divided that they have been shown as one piece, using digital imaging.

Alongside this unique group is a selection of objects which reflect Tipu’s image as the ‘Tiger of Mysore’.

Tipu has been a controversial character for over two hundred years; this exhibition explored the man through the material culture and imagery which he patronised.