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Brass Incised Ceremonial Buckler - JB.1275
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 12th th Century AD to 13th th Century AD
Dimensions: 9.6" (24.4cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Brass

Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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This piece has a wide, slightly sloping stepped body and a domical centre with a central hole. Melikian- Chirvani argues that this type of object was most probably used as a buckler, although he also discusses their possible use as lids or cymbals. Bucklers were used in the medieval period as small shields, held in the fist to protect the sword hand. They were generally used in hand-to-hand combat in conjunction with a short sword. This superb example is incised with calligraphy on each tier. Fashioned from brass, it post-dates the medieval period and was produced for ceremonial rather than martial purposes. A.S. Melikian-Chirvani, ‘Bucklers, Covers or Cymbals?,’ in R. Elgood ed., ‘Islamic Arms and Armour’, (London, 1979), pp. 97-111. J. W. Allan, ‘Metalwork of the Islamic World: The Aron Collection,’ (London, 1986), p. 123, no. 30. .JB.1275/a-b. One of a Pair of bucklers, cast brass with engraved and copper inlaid decoration. The outer slanting rim and the following raised part are richly decorated with epigraphic bands which are written in thuluth style and are inlaid with copper over finely drawn scrollwork. The epigraphic cartouches are interrupted by large roundels, showing the typical Central Asian geometric patterns. Central Asia, probably Afghanistan, 12th – 13th century. Prof. Geza Fehrevari Prof. Geoffrey King - (JB.1275)


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