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Dhal (shield) 1800-75

RCIN 11278

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This impressive shield is inlaid with more than 800 diamonds. Like many of the weapons and other articles presented to the Prince of Wales during his tour of India, it is a particularly elaborate and rich example of a traditional form. Shields of this type, called dhal, were usually made of hide, often painted or lacquered. However, in this instance, the front of the shield is made of silver gilt, enamelled in blue, green and yellow, and inset with seven tear-shaped ornaments and a crescent motif, all of them set with diamonds. 

It was presented to King Edward VII, when Prince of Wales, during his tour of India in 1875-76 by Ranbir Singh, Maharaja of Kashmir.