Object Title

Arm defence (dastana)

Arm defence (dastana)

Date

1771-1799

Object Number

XXVIA.251

Provenance

Presented by the East India Company, 1851.

Physical Description

The arm guard consists of two plates hinged together on one edge and fastened by red velvet straps and buckles on the other. The main plate is considerably dished for the elbow. Both plates are decorated by a wide band of gold koftgari around the edges. The plates are lined with red velvet fastened in place by a leather edging and small nails. The hand guard is of fabric covered with red velvet decorated with a scale pattern with a sequin in the centre of each scale.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The length of the main plate is 330 mm, the inner plate is 150 mm, the overall length being 480 mm. Weight: The weight is 0.825 kg.

Associations

Bibliographic References

D, Nicolle, Mughul India 1504-1761, Osprey Men-at-Arms 263, London, 1993, p. 46.

W. Egerton, An illustrated handbook of Indian arms, London, 1880, no. 587

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.108, p.97-8.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.461, p.7.

Notes

VALUED AS A PAIR