Object Title

Cuirass (chahar a'ineh)

Cuirass (chahar a'ineh)



Object Number



Presented by the East India Company, 1851.

Physical Description

Composed of a breastplate, backplate and two side plates. The breast and backplates are rectangular, the side plates smaller and with concave upper edges. The backplate is fitted three pairs of strap terminals, at either side and at the top, retaining narrow straps of crimson silk tape embroidered with two gold bands. Each side plate has a pair of strap terminals at the rear and a pair of buckles at the front, and the breastplate has three pairs of buckles.
Each plate is decrated in gold koftgari with a broad band of scrolling foliage, inside which is a narrow band of flower buds, and outside which is a narrow band of scrollwork. Each plate is lined in red velvet bordered with green binding with red chevrons in he border. All the buckles and strap terminals are decorated in gold koftgari, and have red paint on their sides.


Dimensions: breast and backplate 28.6 cm (11.3 in) x 21.0 cm (8.3 in), side plates 25.6 cm (10.1 in) x 18.0 cm (7.1 in)

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Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.45-8, p. 95.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.121-4, p. 7.