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Official teachers' resource for the Art Gallery of Ontario's Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts exhibition, which is up until April 3, 2011. Learn about some of the artifacts in the exhibition, and engage in a dialogue relating ancient artworks to contemporary life.

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Pair of Pistols: Resisting Authority

Pair of flintlock pistols belonging to Tipu Sultan. Sayyid Ma’sum Seringapatam (Srirangapatnam), 1796-7 Walnut, silver and steel, overlaid with gold Victoria & Albert Museum, purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund.

  • Tipu is reported to have declared: “Better to die like a soldier than to live a miserable dependent of the infidels on the list of their pensioned rajas and nabobs!” What sentiment or feeling is Tipu expressing in this quote? How do you demonstrate against authority in your life?

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