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Shield late eighteenth to early nineteenth century

RCIN 11458

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This shield with its four conspicuous circular bosses was designed for use in courtly ceremony. The face in the centre of the shield is Chandra, the Hindu lunar or moon deity. The rulers of Nawanagar were related to the Jadeja dynasty, which ruled over many areas in western India and believed they were descended from the chandravanshi (lunar dynasty).