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A FINE GOLD AND SILVER-DAMASCENED SHIELD QAJAR IRAN, 19TH CENTURY

A FINE GOLD AND SILVER-DAMASCENED SHIELD QAJAR IRAN, 19TH CENTURY

Not sure......which category this belongs to. So hey.....

Not sure......which category this belongs to. So hey.....

Indian dhal (shield).

Indian dhal (shield).

Indo-Persian steel shield of Dhal Separ type, 1700s. Decorated with twining serpent and a central face. Scroll work around rim.

Indo-Persian steel shield of Dhal Separ type, 1700s. Decorated with twining serpent and a central face. Scroll work around rim.

Indian Circular Steel Dhal.  Late 19th Century.

Indian Circular Steel Dhal. Late 19th Century.

The Karsten Klingbeil Collection: Antique Arms and Armours - Pierre Bergé & Associés

The Karsten Klingbeil Collection: Antique Arms and Armours - Pierre Bergé & Associés

Ottoman kalkan (shield), domed and of circular form composed of a wood core with concentric wicker woven with colored thread, the exterior made up of radial steel bars linking the steel frame, steel domed center boss with rosette and five square finials. The interior with woven leather strap, and iron rings for suspension. The flexibility of the wicker absorbed the power of arrows and swords.

Ottoman kalkan (shield), domed and of circular form composed of a wood core with concentric wicker woven with colored thread, the exterior made up of radial steel bars linking the steel frame, steel domed center boss with rosette and five square finials. The interior with woven leather strap, and iron rings for suspension. The flexibility of the wicker absorbed the power of arrows and swords.

Indo-Persian shield boss, 16th to 17th century, probably Ottoman, steel, Diam. 9 in. (22.9 cm); H. 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm), Met Museum.

Indo-Persian shield boss, 16th to 17th century, probably Ottoman, steel, Diam. 9 in. (22.9 cm); H. 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm), Met Museum.

Ottoman gilt-copper (tombak) shield (kalkan), Turkey, 16th/17th century, domed circular form with a central boss, punched decoration of arabesques containing entwined split-palmettes between stylised cypress trees on stylised foliate roots, the external border with flowerheads, set with rosette-shaped heads retained on the inside by iron washers with attached loops 57cm. Tombak used as armour was exclusive to the Ottoman empire.

Ottoman gilt-copper (tombak) shield (kalkan), Turkey, 16th/17th century, domed circular form with a central boss, punched decoration of arabesques containing entwined split-palmettes between stylised cypress trees on stylised foliate roots, the external border with flowerheads, set with rosette-shaped heads retained on the inside by iron washers with attached loops 57cm. Tombak used as armour was exclusive to the Ottoman empire.

Indian dhal (shield), National Museum, New Delhi India.

Indian dhal (shield), National Museum, New Delhi India.