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Northern Indian

Arm guards eighteenth century

Steel, gold, diamonds, pearls, velvet, silk | 48.2 x 11.5 x 9.5 cm (average amongst members) | RCIN 11496

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The luxurious materials used to embellish these armguards indicate that they were designed for ceremonial wear. During the Prince's stay with the Maharaja of Gwalior, the ruler organised a military review where many of his attendants wore jewel-encrusted armour, of the same type as these dazzling armguards.