Lot 328
  • 328

Painted Dhal Hide India, Rajasthan, Udaipur (Mewar)

15,000 - 20,000 USD
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  • Painted Dhal
  • Hide
  • Diameter: 22 1/4 in (56.5 cm) max
A circular, convex shield made from prepared hide, painted gold on black with hunting (shikargah) and battle scenes moving in a counter clockwise direction and also palace scenes and a citadel all set within a lightly delineated landscape of hills with shrubs, the rim with a foliate pattern, the centre occupied by a sun with a fabulous regal face motif surrounded by four metal bosses in the form of recumbent lions bordered with painted foliate designs and fixed on the black lacquered reverse with iron rings for attaching the enarms (handles) which, together with a pad, are covered in red velvet brocade.


Sothebys, New York, October 28, 1991, Lot 178.
Dr. William K. Ehrenfeld Collection.
Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., New York, December 9, 1980, Lot 296.

Catalogue Note

This notable example of a Dhal is painted with details executed by a particularly distinguished hand and can be compared to an example in the National Museum, New Delhi published in Dr. G. N. Pant, Indian Arms and Armour, Volume II, India, 1980, Front Cover.