Antique, Indo - Persian, Indian lacquered hide shield (Dhal-Separ)18th century, Islamic Mughal India.
The shield is of a circular convex form, made of black lacquered buffalo hide, hand-painted in raised gilt polychrome, with four floral sprays pointing towards the center, marked by a round medallion with floral arabesques, surrounded by four gilt solid silver domed bosses with pierced collars.
The upper part is set with gilded, solid silver, half-moon crescent.
The bottom part is adorned with two gilded small solid silver bosses with serrated collars.
The shield's rim is encircled by a painted, raised gilt polychrome border.
Four ring bolts affix the outer surface with remains of fabric-wrapped leather straps used to hold the shield.
Dimension: 37 cm (14.6 inches).
Condition: The shield is in good condition considering its age, showing age and use, some age wear overall. Rim slightly damaged. Natural color and patina.
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