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Old 18th December 2007, 08:36 PM   #1
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Default Indian Steel Shield

Another of my bits and pieces. This chiseled steel shield is 45cm in diameter and is, I believe, from the 19th Century. The back appears to have some sort of cloth and pitch like substance on it. Any further info gratefully received.
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Old 19th December 2007, 09:52 PM   #2
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This shield is as noted a 19th century item, most likely a ceremonial piece and Rajput. The sunburst in the center boss is a typical theme, and is seen not only on Rajput 'dhal's (the Indian term applied to these circular shields) from Rajasthan, but examples to the east in Punjab as well. The sun is symbol for one of the three primary Rajput clans.
The theme with the animals may suggest the hunt, which with warriors in India was not only key as a sporting event, but also kept combat skills in use of weapons well honed. Naturally the shield was not required in hunting, but the theme here may well also be allegorically intended. Tipu Sultan often used such zoomorphic themes with himself and forces represented by the tiger and the animal prey representing enemies.
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Old 21st December 2007, 01:15 PM   #3
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Very interesting shield !!

This shield is mixture of embossed figure and chisseling, really very interesting shield with fine artmanship.
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Old 21st December 2007, 08:05 PM   #4
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Also the sun motif can be traced to Surya, the Hindu sun god.
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