Antique 17th-18th century Islamic Indo-Persian Mughal extremely large shield Dhal- Separ of circular convex form, made of black painted rhinoceros hide. The center is set with four iron domed bosses, with rosette shaped and pierced collars, affixed on the outer surface by a stuffed velvet cushion, four ring-bolts with velvet straps for holding the shield.
REFERENCES: Similar shields dated to the 17th -18th century are published in the following references.
1. Indian Armours in the National Museum Collection Catalogue, by G.N.Pant and K.K.Sharma, Page 169 Figure 49 .
2. Arms and Armor from Iran: The Bronze Age to the End of the Qajar Period, by Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani, Page 667. Shield from Military Museum Teheran attributed to shah Ismail Safavid (1502-1524 A.D.).
3. Persian and Indo-Persian Arms and Armour of 16th-19th Century from Polish Collection, by Chodynski, Antoni; Lech Kobylinski Malbork Castle Museum, 2000, Page 264 Figure 96.
The buyer will be provided with copies of the pages from the mentioned references, together with a certificate of authenticity.
Diameter: 56 cm (22.05 inches)
This is the largest of this type of shield which we had ever seen.
CONDITION: The shield is in good condition considering its age of 300-200 years old. Age and usage is showing with some age wear overall. The velvet cushion is slightly damaged and stitched.
This type of the large black painted hide shields was very fashionable amongst the Mughal and Persian royalties and aristocracy during the 17th-18th century, which can be seen on the Mughal miniatures of this period time.
Antique 17th-18th century Indo-Persian Islamic Mughal large Shield Dhal Separ