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Kalkan (turk. Kalkan — shield) — round shield typical for Persia, Turkey and Middle Asia, also spread in Eastern Europe (Poland and Hungary) in XII—XVIII cc. Similar shields were used in the East all the way to China and Correa. Their extensive use is linked with Mongolian influence. Kalkans were weaved of rods that were circled concentrically around the frame forming a round and convex shape. Later they were weaved around with dyed threads. In the center there was an umbo of steel installed.
The shields of the Middle-East were circular and usually domed. They were constructed of many materials, including iron, steel, bronze, leather, cane, wood, even crocodile hide or turtle shell. However, iron/steel and the cane shields, called kalkan were the most frequent. Thin plant rods are spirally plaited around a wooden disc, they are then stitched securely with fabric threads. Later, during the Ottoman Empire these constructions were strengthened with iron struts and an iron border. The "Kalkan" battle shield was thus able to protect both against arrows as well as against sword blows .
* It is made by historical techniques and organic materials as willow branch, leather and steel
* diameter ~ 50 - 55 cm
* suitable for reenactment, SCA and LARP
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