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Shield
SBF 355
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The shield is notable for its design. There are depictions of the Sun with a human face, stars, geometrical and vegetable ornaments, miniatures with scenes from popular oriental literary works and inscriptions in Kufic hand-writing on its surface. Adorned with most varied decorations, artistically and technically superbly accomplished, this weaponry constitutes a truly unique phenomenon in the history of the material and esthetic culture of oriental peoples.

History of the Object
The State of Safavids was established in 1501 by Shah Ismail lthe. The Gizilbash Turcomans were a wide variety of Shi'ite militant groups who helped found the Safavid Empire. Their military power was essential during the reign of the shahs Ismail l (1501-1524) and Tahmasp (1524-1576). Shah Abbas l (1587–1629) carried out military reforms which brought forward the creation of a large standing army.

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
Steel of Damasc, copper, gold damascene 
Measurements
Diameter 75.7 cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
South Azerbaijan 
Geography
Azerbaijan 
Time period
AD 16th century ~ AD 16th century 
Creation date
17th Century - 18th Century 
Function
A sample of a weapon used in the Safavid period (1501-1736). İn sources this shield was known as "siper". 
Acquisition
Unknown 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The National Museum of History of Azerbaijan 
Museum
ANAS National Museum of the History of Azerbaijan 
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