Museums Home BMAGiC Home Search Browse BMAGiC Help About BMAGiC Contact Us

Body Armour, Char-aina [Four Mirrors]

View main imageView larger image
Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

Additional Images

Click on each image below to view at full size:
View image 2 View image 3 View image 4 View image 5 

Basic Information

Accession Number:1898M40
Collection:Applied Art - Arms & Armour
Date:1850 - 1850


The name of such four-plate body armour is taken from the Persian chahara'ina meaning '4 mirrors', originally introduced to the region by Islamic peoples from the North and West.

The larger rectangular plates protected the soldiers chest and back, the two smaller plates fitted under his arms. They were be held together with leather straps and buckles. It was worn over a mail shirt. A full set of Indo-Persian armour consisted of a helmet, body plates, shirt, trousers, arm guards, gaunlets and shoes.

Presented by G A Meakin, 1989.

Further Information

Production Period:Mid 19th century
Medium:Koftgari, steel inlaid with gold wire.
Place of Origin:Sind, India / Pakistan