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>>1799 Sikh ghorchurra
Subjectghorchurra sardar armored cavalry
Culture: Sikh Punjabi
Setting: Sikh empire, Punjab late 18th - mid-19thc
Objectdhal shield

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Royal Armouries Museum > Oriental Gallery *
"Shield (dhal)  Indian, probably Lahore, early 19th century  This steel shield is chiselled in low relief with arabesques and flowers.
  Inside are the grips and pad covered in velvet with embroidered decoration." ...

​* Royal Armouries Museum > Oriental Gallery
"Shield (dhal)  Indian, Lahore, late 18th century  The lining in this shield is of crimson velvet heavily embroidered with flowers worked in gold thread.  The knuckle pad is covered in green velvet embroidered with flowers.  The exterior is relatively plain, with a narrow border of floral scrolls in gold koftgari and four bosses decorated with gilt flowers." ...
​Royal Armouries Museum > Oriental Gallery *
"Shield (dhal)  Indian, Lahore, early 18th century  Of excellent quality, and made from watered steel,
 this shield is elaborately decorated in gold koftgari.  The four bosses are surrounded with fretted lotus bands.
  Around the plain central section are two stylised dragons and two chickens separated by sprays of gilt tendrils." ...