A gilt decorated Mughal armor ensemble
probably late 18th/early 19th century
Comprising: 1) Shield, dahl, domed steel fitted with four gilt bosses, the central panel featuring chiseled panels of animal combat framed with gold koftgari banding. This enclosed by a main border having alternating panels of animal combat and inscriptions and minor borders with florals and running animals, the inscribed panel with silver overlaid highlights. Gilt rim. Reverse retaining most of a red cloth lining. 2) Helmet, kulah khud, decorated en suite to shield and fitted with tall spike, two plume sockets and sliding nasal. Rim with long mail neck guard of fine butted links with van dyked lower edge.
Condition: Metal with dark patina showing some minor pitting and some losses to gilt decoration and considerable wear to silver decoration. Threads on nasal screw stripped.