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Shield late eighteenth to early nineteenth century

Rhinoceros hide, lacquer, gold, emeralds, rubies, diamonds, velvet, gold and silver thread, gold sequins | 40.4 x 8.3 cm (whole object) | RCIN 11458

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This shield with its four conspicuous circular bosses was designed for use in courtly ceremony. The face in the centre of the shield is Chandra, the Hindu lunar or moon deity. The leaders of Nawanagar were related to the Jadeja rulers who ruled over many areas in western India and believed they were descended from the chandravanshi (lunar dynasty).