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Purchase. Jeremy Pine, 110 Loudoun Rd. NW8, 27/9/95

Physical Description

This deeply convex shield is constructed from twenty three hoops of wood bound together with rattan. The outer two hoops have the remains of a leather covering attached. The central iron boss has a flat rim, with a flattened cone centre going to a raised central point, the boss is fixed using three iron pins. Inside at the centre is fixed a wooden hand grip, and two loops for a shoulder strap. The decoration is painted black diamonds on a red ground.


Dimensions: Diameter 560 mm (22 in ), depth 240 mm (9.5 in)

Bibliographic References

D La Rocca, Warriors of the Himalayas, rediscovering the arms and armour of Tibet, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2006: 97-100, no. 26


A number of shields of this type were excavated by Chinese archaeologists at Guge in western Tibet. Similar shields were in use much later in Bhutan; for and example in the National Museum, Paro, Bhutan, see C Schickelgruber and F Pommaret, Bhutan, mountain fortress of the gods, London, Serindia, 1997: 197.