A very fine Indo-Persian dhal shield, dating to the mid 19th century. It is convex with a rolled rim and four raised bosses. The surface of the iron is densely decorated with hand hammered and chiselled patterning featuring elephants, tigers, lions, huntsmen and floral motifs. Round the edge of the shield is an applied lappet border. The reverse of the shield has been handpainted with a floral design against a red ground. The four ring bolts are still present - these would originally have held two leather handles. This type of shield was used for parrying lance and sword blows.
Good original condition with attractive aged patina.