Object Title

Left dastana

Left dastana



Object Number



Presented by the East India Company, 1851.

Physical Description

Richly decorated in gold koftgari, the hand defence covered in gold embroidery and spangles.

Inscriptions and Marks

Inscribed in Nagari that it was made in Shajahanabad.


Places India, Delhi

Bibliographic References

John Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, p. 93, no. xv.11-12.

Harold, Viscount Dillon, Illustrated Guide to the Armouries, Tower of London, London, 1910, p. 7, nos. 205-6.


Pair to XXVIA.228. A card tag of the Tower, datable to the 1880s, records '15/11.12, pair of arms defences made at the town of Shah Jehan, New Delhi'. A 19th century label, inscribed 'no. 10, Gauntlets, Mahratta arms', also survives.