Burrell Collection Hopes to Acquire Rare 18th Century Golden Tiger Head from India

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LONDON.- The Art Fund has offered a major grant to help save a golden, jewel-encrusted tiger’s head from 18th century India for public collections. The tiger’s head is known as the Tipu Sultan’s Throne Finial and was created in eighteenth century India for Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore. The precious item was brought to the UK by Thomas Wallace, 1st Baron Wallace (1763 – 1844) and has remained in the country ever since. Alongside the Trustees of Sir William Burrell’s Trust, the Art Fund has offered £125,000 towards the purchase, and Glasgow Museums have supplied a further £30,000. Glagow Museums still need to raise more than £110,000 towards the asking price of £398,600, and the temporary export ban expires on Monday 15 November 2010. Recognised by the British Government as being of outstanding significance, the tiger-shaped finial is made from Indian gold encrusted with gems. If the total asking price