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Dhal Shield

Place of Origin: India

Date: Circa 1800 A.D.

Reference: 107

Status: Sold

Full Description:

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.