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Shield, Arm plate and Hand cover
(18th century)

iron, silver, gold, cotton, wool
(1) 8.5 × 45.5 cm diameter (shield)
(2) 4.1 × 20.0 × 35.8 cm (arm plate)
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1936
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Gallery location
18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor
Level 2, NGV International
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Iranian shields were circular with decorative bosses covering their handle ring attachments and inscriptions running around the outer borders. In addition to its meaning, the text was specifically employed as an ornamental device. This shield is beautifully decorated with gold and silver arabesque and textual ornament applied in the manner of damascened (inlaid) metalwork.