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Waist-Coat armour of Aurangzeb

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Waist-Coat armour of Aurangzeb
C. 1680 A.D.

Place of Origin: Delhi, Mughal
Material: Steel cotton wool
Dimensions: Ht: 47.0 Cir.: 120 cm.
Acc. No. 62.2883/2 & 3

This waist-coat, composed of fine Damascus steel, the armour but without the armour's look, singularly beautiful and unsurpassed in splendour, belonged to the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb who ruled from 1658 to 1707 AD. It consists of two curved plates, moulded in the shape of a human torso, one for the front and the other for the back. Both plates are hinged together from the shoulders and the sides. The top and the sides of the armour have three roundish cuts for the insertion of the neck and the two arms, respectively. Both plates are detachable.

On the lower part of the front-plate there is engraved a three-line inscription. First two lines are in Arabic with Naskh, its script, while the third line is in Persian rendered using Nastaliq script. First two lines reads 'La illaha illal Allaho, Muhammad Roasool Allaho (there is a God, but Allah, Muhammad is prophet of Allah). Third line reads: 'Shahanshah Aurangzeb Alamgir', that is, Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir. The lining is of yellow satin stuffed with cotton wool.

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