Artifact of the Day

1453

Sipar (shield)

Perhaps Persia (mid or late 1800s)

Watered steel. Circular, rising to domed center having 4 large bossets decorated with gold koft-gari birds in foliage. Flanges are pierced & palmette-shaped. Outer registers are decorated with cartouches containing Arabic inscription & with alternate leaf & petal scroll or leaf scroll alone. Applied rim with traces of gold koft-gari. Back with wide reinforcing plate riveted on edge. Faded red velvet on burlap lining with central rectangular stuffed pad held by an iron eye hook with large iron ring at each bosset. One pair has leather arm strap. Other, missing.