Object Title

Shield (dhal)

Shield (dhal)



Object Number



Purchased from the Great Exhibition, 1851. From Cutch.

Physical Description

The shield is large and circular, formed of translucent hide. The border andd centre are painted with a pattern of green and red dots outlined with white dots. There are four copper bosses chiselled and heavily gilt. Above these is a circular ornament decorated with a bird surounded by a border of flowers and monsters' heads. Inside is a suqare pad covered with green velvet, and two matching hand grips. There is a permanently attached red velvet sling, embroidered in gold orris thread with a floral scroll.


Dimensions: diameter 58.0 cm (22.9 in) Weight: The weight of the shield is 2.2 kg.

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Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.293, p. 106.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.401, p. 30.