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Sipar (shield)

Persia (mid or late 1800s)

Watered (?) steel. Circular, rising sharply to domed center having 4 large bossets with lobed flanges, gold koft-gari with arabesques on bosses & trefoils on flanges. Borders are divided into 2 registers, first topped by trefoil scroll with cartouches containing hunting scenes, 2nd alternately with Arabic inscription & leaf & petal scroll. Applied steel rim. Remnants of velvet lining with stuffed rectangular pad held with metal eye hooks at each boss. Each hook has large iron butted ring holding 2 leather straps for arms.