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Guru Gobind Singh’s armour recreated in 3D


*  The Breastplate of Guru Gobind Singh recreated in 3d.
* The Guru wore the armour in the Battle of Bhangani
Guru Gobind Singh’s armour recreated in 3D

Taran3D has joined with the Sikh Museum Initiative (SMI) to recreate one of the plates from the body armour of Guru Gobind Singh. The body armour commonly known as Charaina or four mirrors has been patterned to bring out the glory of this important historical item.

The first phase of this project was unveiled at several Sikh seminars in the USA in April 2016. The congregation (sangat) was stunned when Sikh scholar Gurinder Singh Mann (SMI) highlighted the interactive digital recreation of one of the four armour plates. This plate features Gurbani from the Akaal Ustat, a composition composed by Guru Gobind Singh.


Guru Gobind Singh who was the tenth preceptor in the line of the Guru’s of the Sikh faith. He created the order of the Khalsa in 1699 in the Punjab, India.

The actual armour was worn by the Guru in the Battle of Bhagani in 1688. It was here where he faced the hill chiefs, namely Hari Chand, who showered a number of arrows at the Guru. In his autobiography the Bachitra Natak, he narrates how he is attacked by arrows, one pierced his skin and one pierced the body armour. The Guru recounts

When the edge of the arrow touched my body, it kindled my war spirit 

                           (Jabe Baan Lagyo, Tabe Ros Jagay)

The Technology


“The ability to recreate and share these artefacts in digital form and make them available via modern technology will give future generations of Sikhs access to pieces of history which are either lost or inaccessible”

Taran Singh, 3D Artist

The plate in question is the most damaged of the four and missing parts of the pattern were recreated by taking similar sections of the pattern and Gurmukhi letters from undamaged parts of the armour. The whole armour was created from scratch in 3D using low quality catalogue photos. The Gurmukhi was painstakingly hand painted digitally and each component of the gold koftgari pattern was created and then pieced together to make up the full pattern.

3d Sikh armour

We believe given access to the actual artefacts, we could create more accurate and better quality digital representations that can be used to preserve and educate future generations. The plate was 3d modelled and shown as part of touch screen based exhibit throughout the UK as part of our project the Anglo Sikh Wars: Battles, Treaties and Relics.

The second phase will involve completing the other 3 plates of armour.

We will unveil more information on this project shortly contact us at info@sikhmuseum.org.uk


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