Gold-Koftgari watered-steel armour at Bonhams’ auction

A SET OF GOLD-KOFTGARI WATERED-STEEL ARMOURLAHORE, CIRCA 1820 comprising a helmet (khula-khud), two arm-guards (dastanas) and four armour panels (char-aina), decorated en-suite in gold overlay with bands containing undulating floral vines and bands containing alternating lotus and palmette motifs, the helmet with noseguard surmounted by an openwork turban ornament (jigha), flanked by plume holders, the…