Tippoo's Tiger.

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The painted wooden effigy of a tiger mauling a British soldier was made for Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore in India at the end of the 18th century. It contains a miniature organ which ingeniously simulates the tiger roars as well as the groans of the victim. It may have been inspired by the gruesome fate that befell the son of an old adversary, General Sir Hector Munro.

http://www.vandashop.com/product.php?xProd=188&s=1 (via Paper Forest)


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I love this thing! I went to V&A museum website to check it out and it was on sale! Only 5 pounds, but it would cost 25 pounds or something ridiculous to ship to the US.
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Bernard Cornwell described this in his book, "Sharpe's Tiger." Highly recommended if you like your buckles swashed. We anxiously await Mr. Cornwell's next in this multitudinous-book series, "Sharpe's Enormous Goiter."
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