Antique early 18th century Islamic Indo Persian Indian Mughal steel shield Dhal. Circular convex form, hand hammered from a single piece of thick solid steel with visible hammer marks on the inside, but with a perfectly smooth exterior surface. The outer surface is profusely decorated throughout in silver inlaid fine koftgari, with intricate floral and creeper design on the blackened ground. The rim of the shield is appliquéd by a broad reinforcing band riveted to the shield and enriched in silver koftgari and set on the center with four domed rosettes bosses, affixed on the reverse by four ring bolts for straps (to hold the shield).
MEASUREMENTS: Diameter: 35 cm (13.78 inches).
CONDITION: Shows its age and use, in good condition, for 300 years, old combat shield.
REFERENCES: A nearly identical shield is in the National Museum in New Delhi collection, described as Mughal North Indian and dated to the early 18th century. Published in the book "Indian Armours in the National Museum Collection Catalogue" by G.N. Pant and K.K. Sharma. 92. Figure.82.
The buyer will be provided with a copy of the pages from the mentioned references, together with a certificate of authenticity.