Large Indian Madu Parrying shield with spiked horns and silver damascened buckler

 A very large Indian 'Madu', used defensively by Fakirs and Mendicants who were generally not allowed to carry traditional weapons. This parrying  shield features a steel domed bucker at its centre with four domed star bosses, and reinforced rim. The whole surface is covered with intricate silver koftgari deocration in scrolls and tendrils. Fixed to the reverse of the shield  are two overlapping antelope horns which form a handle at their juncture. Each protrudes beyond the shield to form offensive points, the tips are reinforced with very well made steel spikes. One of the largest examples we have owned, in superb condition dating to the 19th century. 116 cms long approximately.