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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).

Indian piti (quilted armor) helmet and an unusual char-aina (chahar-aina, chahar a’ineh) cuirass, with an octagon front plate and mail connections to the other plates, worn over a zirah (shirt of mail).

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, khula-khud (helmet), char-aina (chahar-aina, chahar a’ineh), literally the four mirrors, bazu band (vambrace/arm guards), sipar (shield), attributed to Shah Solaymān I (1666-94), probably made in Isfahan in 1680. For centuries Polish aristocratic families have had examples of Persian weaponry in their personal collections that were transformed only in the 19th century into museum-type collections, later often donated to museums.The National Museum in Krakow.

Indian khula-khud (helmet), char-aina (chahar-aina, chahar a’ineh), literally the four mirrors, chest armor with four plates, dastanas/bazu band (vambrace/arm guards), silk padded mail armour jacket and trousers, cotton padding covering a layer of steel mail, the inside lining decorated with small floral sprays on a cream ground, a pair of steel slippers with leather attachments, firangi sword, cloth quiver with arrows, jacket 74 cm. long, trousers 100 cm. long, end of the 18th century.

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).