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Buckler (with geometric pattern)

Creation date: 19th century
Creation place: Iran

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Type: Steel Shield
Medium and Support: Steel
Credit Line: Gift of Rolando Schinasi
Accession Number: 2006.140
Dimensions: 9 in. x 9 in. x 1 3/4 in. (22.86 cm x 22.86 cm x 4.45 cm)
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Rolando Schinasi, Nice, France ( - June 16, 2006)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (June 16, 2006 - )

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The small size indicates that these shields were intended to be ceremonial bucklers for children. Complex, symmetrical floral motifs and vegetal scrolls in precious metals radiate from the center of the shield, invoking the popular Persian imagery of the sunburst (shamsa), which is associated with divine light.
Four bosses serve as studs that fix the straps on the underside of this type of shield. One of these shields still retains the original velvet padding with short loops fitted for a small hand.
Last Updated: 3/16/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Arts of Iran The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00

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