Cuirass (Char-aina)

Date: late 18th–early 19th century

Culture: Indian or Iranian

Medium: Steel, gold, textile

Dimensions: of breastplate H. 13 in. (33 cm); of backplate H. 15 1/2 in. (39.37 cm); of sides H. 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm); of whole cuirass W. 11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm); of whole cuirass D. 9 1/2 in. (24 cm); of whole cuirass Wt. 7 lb. (3163 g)

Classification: Armor Parts-Cuirasses

Credit Line: Gift of Harry G. Friedman, 1948

Accession Number: 48.92.1


The Arabic inscriptions stress God as the God of Light, the rewards He will give His servants, and His punishment of unbelievers and evildoers. The light imagery is particulary appropriate for gold embellished armors of "four mirror" (char-aina) type.