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Shield circa 1870 - 1875

Rhinoceros hide, velvet, red, black and gold paints, shellac, gold, emeralds, diamonds, rubies | 9.8 x 50.0 cm (diameter) | RCIN 11348

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Tonk, a town in Rajasthan, was known for producing shields in imitation of Japanese lacquer. It is likely that some of the jewels on this shield have been repurposed from other jewelled objects, one of the jewelled circular bosses contains an emerald with an incised floral motif.