probably Indian; lacquerwork, Southeast Asian, Thailand or Burma (Myanmar)
Not on view
This shield was probably fabricated in India, lacquered in Southeast Asia, then exported to Europe. It would have been prized as a European type of luxury item made in Asia with local techniques and materials. The black lacquer is emblazoned with an unidentified coat of arms featuring a gold lion on a red field below a helmet with foliate mantling, all encircled by a wide band of ornamental floral scrolls.
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