Shield. Culture: Indian. Dimensions: Diam. 19 1/4 in. (49 cm). Date: 17th century. Of sturdy construction, and suitable for battle, this is a rare example of a distinctive type of seventeenth-century shield made in Muslim India, possibly the Deccan. In both conception and execution its chiseled and damascened ornamentation compares closely to that of only two other known shields: one in the collection of the Furusiyya Art Foundation (inv. RB-131) and the other formerly in the collection of Prosper Holstein (1843-1926) in Lyons and now probably in the Musée des Beaux-Arts at Châteaudun, France

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Shield. Culture: Indian. Dimensions: Diam. 19 1/4 in. (49 cm). Date: 17th century.  Of sturdy construction, and suitable for battle, this is a rare example of a distinctive type of seventeenth-century shield made in Muslim India, possibly the Deccan. In both conception and execution its chiseled and damascened ornamentation compares closely to that of only two other known shields: one in the collection of the Furusiyya Art Foundation (inv. RB-131) and the other formerly in the collection of Prosper Holstein (1843-1926) in Lyons and now probably in the Musée des Beaux-Arts at Châteaudun, France Stock Photo
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Shield. Culture: Indian. Dimensions: Diam. 19 1/4 in. (49 cm). Date: 17th century. Of sturdy construction, and suitable for battle, this is a rare example of a distinctive type of seventeenth-century shield made in Muslim India, possibly the Deccan. In both conception and execution its chiseled and damascened ornamentation compares closely to that of only two other known shields: one in the collection of the Furusiyya Art Foundation (inv. RB-131) and the other formerly in the collection of Prosper Holstein (1843-1926) in Lyons and now probably in the Musée des Beaux-Arts at Châteaudun, France
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Shield. Culture: Indian. Dimensions: Diam. 19 1/4 in. (49 cm). Date: 17th century. Of sturdy construction, and suitable for battle, this is a rare example of a distinctive type of seventeenth-century shield made in Muslim India, possibly the Deccan. In both conception and execution its chiseled and damascened ornamentation compares closely to that of only two other known shields: one in the collection of the Furusiyya Art Foundation (inv. RB-131) and the other formerly in the collection of Prosper Holstein (1843-1926) in Lyons and now probably in the Musée des Beaux-Arts at Châteaudun, France. The state of preservation is noteworthy. Although the gold-damascened ornamentation has become obliterated in some areas, it is very well preserved over the chiseled ornament, in contrast to the two comparable shields, where no such highlights are apparent. The lining on the interior appears to be a variant of that on the shield that was in the Holstein Collection, and may be original. Museum: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.