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Of steel for the left arm, comprising a gutter-shaped plate rounded at the elbow, chased and detailed in gold koftgari with three medallions two men whispering about another who is stabbing a cat and preparing a saucepan for it, the same men whispering while the third cooks the meal, and the third man serving the meal to a noble, all within a border of scrolling foliage. There are two wrist plates joined by butted mail and decorated with small panels of chiselled foliage. Lined with red cotton and bordered with chevronny black and yellow tape. The hand defence, now detached from the main plate and from its lining, is of butted mail over thin leather with a red fabric lining. There are some vestigial buckles and strap loops, but the piece was never intended to be worn.

Measurements and weight

Weight: 494 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1904)


1850 CE - 1899 CE

School or Style

Qajar Persian

Components of the work

Main Plate Length 320 mm

Identification numbers

Primary reference Number: 162563
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 December 2012 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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