A Qajar Gold Damascened Armour Set
Steel works of the Qajar period in Persia (1789 – 1925) are well known for the quality and high level of decoration. The tradition combines chiseling, engraving and gold and silver inlay decoration of the steel.
This fine technique is very well demonstrated in this fine Qajar armor set 19c, comprising a steel helmet (Kula Kud) and a shield decorated with gold-damascened scrolling foliated tendrils on dense finally chiseled floral ground, and medallions of thick gold and silver inlay of floral design with a band of calligraphic cartouches, the borders of the shield with floral forms.
Shield diameter is 18 1/2 inches. Helmet total height 23 inches (with the mail). Very Good plus condition. The inner fabric cover, hand cushion and handles are missing.
A very complete and impressive set.
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