Object Title

Parrying shield (madu)

Parrying shield (madu)



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Presented by the Indian Government in 1861. From the Indian disarmament of 1859.

Physical Description

The shield is made from two blackbuck antelope horns joined at the butts with rivets leaving sufficient space for the fingers to fit between. The points are tipped with socketed heads of tapering square section and the butts are bound with iron. To the centre, on the outer horn, a small slightly convex iron shield is attached with a dished edge and blackened surfaces. Five small copper bosses adorn the centre.


Dimensions: The overall length of the weapon is 815 mm. Weight: The weight of the weapon is 1.15 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks


Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addendum to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad.245, p.7.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.515, p.12.