A fine Indian shield, Dhal, Dahl.
This all steel shield measures 36cms across and approx 5cms deep.
Of an all steel construction, the entire surfaces are decorated in a very fine and detailed koftgari.
Attached to the surface of the shield are raised decorations and four central bosses also decorated with koftgari. The outer decoration is a stylised floral and vine pattern of thick raised brass segments. The inner border surrounding the central bosses is that of a snake with his head and tail crossing each other as seen in the photos.
The reverse retains its original red fabric inner, knuckle pad and hand straps. There is other later rope work added as a hanging point for display.
A fine Indian shield in complete and original condition with an attention to detail in its construction that would have taken many dozens of hours to complete.
It is interesting to note that this shield has Southern India attributions. The Decorative brass applications of the outer rim are that of the same design seen on the cloth canopy of Tipu Sulton. See "Tiger and the Thistle. Tipu Sultan and the Scots in India, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1999, cat # 1, plate 24.