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A1425 Shield, metal / enamel, probably Isfahan, Persia (Iran), Qajar era, 1800s. Click to enlarge.

Enamel shield سپر

This polychrome enamel metal shield is an important example of finely crafted metalwork produced in early 19th century Persia (Iran) during the Qajar era. An object used for performance and decoration, it was probably made by a master craftsman from the city of Isfahan or Shiraz under the patronage of a wealthy patron.

This shield and many other Qajar metal arms and armour were used by male performers for Taziyeh - a type of public religious theatre depicting the scenes of martyrdom of Imam …


Object No.


Object Statement

Shield, metal / enamel, probably Isfahan, Persia (Iran), Qajar era, 1800s

Physical Description

Polychrome enamel metal shield. The main body consists of five smaller metal pieces, enamelled in green, red and black colours with 'floral and foliate' motifs (gol-o barg) including Persian paisley (boteh jegheh).

The surface of this shield is also engraved with Persian calligraphy, probably poems in praise of Imam Hoseyn, the Prince of Martyrs.



147 mm




This object was produced during the Qajar era (1789-1925).


Credit Line

Purchased 1912

Acquisition Date

15 August 1912

Cite this Object


Enamel shield سپر 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 October 2021, <>


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