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>>1786 Qajar cavalry
Subject: irregular armored cavalryman
Culture: Turco-Iranian
Setting: civil war, Zand-Qajar Persia mid-late 18thc
Objectchahar aina 'four mirrors' armor plates; bazuband vambraces

* National Museum of Scotland > Royal Museum
"Iran  18th Century  Chinese records of the 8th century praised the skill of Iranian armourers who later practiced their craft in Turkey and Russia and also greatly influenced the techniques and styles of arms and armour used in India.  The armour of steel inlaid in gold was decorated with foliage scrolls and different styles of calligraphy -- naskh (a precise cursive script), thuluth (a larger more decorative variant) and nasta'liq (a graceful cursive form).  Inscriptions were important -- prayers requesting the protection of God, quotations from religious verse and sometimes the name of the owner and date.
"The examples here illustrate the quality of 18th century armour.  The four plages together form a cuirass, chahar a'ine, worn as a protective covering over a chain mail shirt.  The inlaid design appropriately focuses on an animal combat motif and the inscriptions include a date corresponding to 1703.
"Steel vambraces, bazuband, were strapped to the forearm over the mail shirt.  The pair here have ribbed mouldings decorated witih rows of gold tendrils.  Chain mail gauntlets protected the hands."

* Curious House
event photos

* National Museum of Scotland > Royal Museum
"ARMOUR  Iran  17th-18th Centuries  
Steel vambraces, bazuband, were also decorated with talismanic inscriptions involving the name of God.  The examples here are dated to 1691 and 1592 and have additional dates of 1714 and 1711 possibly indicating repairs.  ..."

* American Museum of Natural History > Stout Hall of Asian Peoples

* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
"Mail shirt
Steel, brass, copper
Indian, Mughal period, or Iranian, Qajar period,
dated 1816/17
The shirt is crafted primarily of butted steel rings with an inscription worked in brass and copper.  The inscription includes the 'Prayer to Ali,' a talismanic prayer often used in times of danger.  The shirt is therefore designed to provide spiritual as well as physical protection."