Iron shield with golden damascened figure frieze and ornamentation, India/Persia, ct.
c Italy, shield etched adn gilded steel.
Probably from Lahore, this is a virtuoso demonstration of koftgari, or counterfeit damascening. In this technique, the steel is crosshatched with files, and designs cut from gold or silver foil or wire are applied to the rough area and burnished in place
Pageant Shield Place of creation: France Author (Master) : After the design by Etienne Delon Date: Middle - second half of the century School: Fontainbleau Material: steel