Shield (Dhál)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379

Probably from Lahore, this is a virtuoso demonstration of koftgari, or counterfeit damascening. In this technique, the steel is crosshatched with files, and designs cut from gold or silver foil or wire are applied to the rough area and burnished in place.

Shield (Dhál), Steel, gold, silk-velvet, Indian

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