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>>1786 Qajar cavalry
Subject: irregular armored cavalryman
Culture: Turco-Iranian
Setting: civil war, Zand-Qajar Persia mid-late 18thc
Objectشیلد separ shield

​* Royal Armouries Museum > Oriental Gallery
"Helmet (kolah khud) and shield (separ)  Persian, 19th century  [....]  The separ is decorated en suite with scenes of battle, hunting and social life.  The shield was made in two pieces, a centre section and an outer rim.  IT would originally have been lined." ...

* National Museum of Scotland > Royal Museum
"ARMOUR  Iran  17th-18th Centuries  Circular shields were used by both infantry and cavalry.  They were inlaid with borders of protective inscriptions, foliage scroll and designs based on figure motifs.  Prominent decorative bosses cover the attachments of the inner handle rings."

* National Museum of Scotland > Royal Museum
"ARMOUR  Iran  18th-19th Century  The shield is inlaid with a handsome image of the lion and sun, the emblem of the Qajar rulers of Iran from 1786 to 1925.  It is also inscribed with the name of the owner, Ahmad Beg the Kurd, and a date corresponding to 1805."
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* National Museum of Scotland > Royal Museum
"ARMS AND ARMOUR  Iran 18th-19th  Centuries  
The shield here illustrates the continued use of graceful foliage and an inscription hand inlaid in gold."
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* American Museum of Natural History > Stout Hall of Asian Peoples

Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art > Permanent Collections *
"Damascened Metal Shield  Persia  metal"

* Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art > Weapons and Warriors: The Art of Armaments
"Persian Dahl or Round Shield  wood, metal   ...  The Dahl is worn by passing your arm through two handles on the back.  The two handles are fastened by ring bolts which are riveted to the four bosses on the face of the shield.  These are often very finely ornamented."

Dallas Museum of Art > Owsley Gallery of South Asian Art *
"Shield  Persian: c. 1760  Bronze with silver, brass, and enamel inlay"  ...