Shield (Dhàl)

North Indian

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Shields of this type were very popular across the Indian subcontinent. They were commonly made from steel or, as seen here, of animal hide. Light-weight and translucent, this shield is also strong and durable. The shield always accompanied hunters, particularly those armed with a hunting sword. The four bosses on the front support and secure the grip on the back.

Shield (Dhàl), Hide, gilt bronze, enamel, lacquer, jewels, textile (velvet), North Indian

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