Place of Origin: India
Date: Circa 1800 A.D.
An interesting Indian shield dhal circa 1800 A.D. Of dark coloured and extremely hard leather with traces of red pigment. The surface is slightly concave with an up-turned rim that could be used to strike or parry. Indian shields usually have four bosses, mounted in a square formation at the centre, with some having the additional ad-chand (half-moon crescent), however the number of applied copper bosses in this case is highly unusual, indicating a special commission. The rear has two leather straps for holding the shield, and a cloth knuckle pad.