Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
menu

Past Event

Saturday University: Literary Plunder

Nov 13 2021

Seattle Asian Art Museum

Online

10 AM – 11:30 AM

The library of Tipu Sultan, Sultan of Mysore (r. 1782–99) was once among the richest in South Asia. Amassed largely through plunder, it was plundered in turn by the British East India Company in 1799. In this talk, Joshua Ehrlich, Assistant Professor at the University of Macau, will describe the ways in which Tipu Sultan and rival factions within the Company used the library to legitimize their rule and what this reveals about the symbolic power literary plunder had and continues to have today.

Watch live on Facebook.

OTHER LECTURES IN THIS SERIES

SAT DEC 11

Saturday University: The Compensations of Plunder

SAT JAN 8

Saturday University: Archaeology of the Spice Trade

This program is currently offered on a pay-what-you-want basis, to keep it accessible for all. Normally, tickets are $7 for SAM members, $12 for public. Any amount you donate helps the museum continue its programming.
Saturday University lectures are organized by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas in collaboration with the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.
Image: Qur'an page from the library of Tipu Sultan, Fath ?Ali, Nawab of Mysore, r. 1753-1799, photo: © Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

Learn more about Equity at SAM