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Antique Persian char-aina (chahar-aina, chahar a’ineh), literally the four mirrors. Four plates worn over a zirah (shirt of mail) in Persia, India and Central Asia. The armor plates can be rectangular or round, and the two plates worn on the breast and back are considerably larger than those worn at the sides which had recesses for the arms. During the 16th century, chahar aina cuirasses were introduced in Iran. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Antique Persian char-aina (chahar-aina, chahar a’ineh). Literally the four mirrors. Four plates worn over a zirah (shirt of mail) in Persia, India and Central Asia. The armor plates can be rectangular or round, and the two plates worn on the breast and back are considerably larger than those worn at the sides which had recesses for the arms. During the 16th century, chahar aina cuirasses were introduced in Iran. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Antique Persian char-aina (chahar-aina, chahar a’ineh). Literally the four mirrors. Four plates worn over a zirah (shirt of mail) in Persia, India and Central Asia. The armor plates can be rectangular or round, and the two plates worn on the breast and back are considerably larger than those worn at the sides which had recesses for the arms. During the 16th century, chahar aina cuirasses were introduced in Iran.

Indian dastana/bazu band (arm guards) and char-aina (chahar-aina, chahar a’ineh). Literally the four mirrors. Four plates worn over a zirah (shirt of mail) in Persia, India and Central Asia. The armor plates can be rectangular or round, and the two plates worn on the breast and back are considerably larger than those worn at the sides which had recesses for the arms. During the 16th century, chahar aina cuirasses were introduced in Iran.

Persian Qajar dynasty char-aina (chahar-aina, chahar a’ineh), 19th century, plate body armor worn over a zirah (shirt of mail) in Persia, India and Central Asia. Acid etched with calligraphy and figures of animals and humans surrounded by arabesque designs. The two plates worn on the breast and back are considerably larger than those worn at the sides which had recesses for the arms. Chahar aina cuirasses were introduced in Iran in the 16th century.

One side panel of a char-aina (chahar-aina, chahar a’ineh), literally the four mirrors. Four plates worn over a zirah (shirt of mail) in Persia, India and Central Asia. The armor plates can be rectangular or round, and the two plates worn on the breast and back are considerably larger than those worn at the sides which had recesses for the arms. Chahar aina cuirasses were introduced in Iran in the 16th century. Decorated in gold koftgari (damascene work in which steel is inlaid with gold).

Persian khula-khud (helmet), char-aina (chahar-aina, chahar a’ineh), literally the four mirrors, chest armor with four plates, bazu band (vambrace/arm guards).

Persian armor, kulah khud (helmet), char-aina (chahar-aina) chest armor with four plates, dastanas/bazu band (vambrace/arm guards) with covered hand guards, zirah (mail shirt) with ganga jamni mail (iron and copper/brass links in a pattern).

Indian suit of armor, 18th century, khula khud (helmet) steel, silver leaf, engraved and gilt decoration, zirah (mail shirt) silver, copper, brass; lining: velvet, copper nails, char-aina (chahar-aina, chahar a’ineh) cuirass steel; silver leaf, chased and gilt decoration; lining: velvet, bazu band (arm guards) steel, silver leaf; lining: velvet, chased and gilt decoration with intact cloth mittens. Louvre Museum, Paris France.