Object Title

Quiver

Quiver

Date

Probably 15th century - 17th century

Object Number

XXVIB.141

Provenance

Purchased 18 September 1995.

Physical Description

The quiver is made from panels of shaped, stiffened leather which are sewn together with leather laces, using a method of stitching which presents as close braiding along the edges. The main sections of leather include: the flat back piece; a curved panel covering the lower two thirds of the front; a canopy or hood around the top which extends down the sides of the quiver from a tuck or fold on each side; the flat base piece; and a decorative insert lining the the back of the interior of the hood. The flat back piece is cut in a round shape at the top, and the canopy is stitched at right angles to it, leavig the upper front of the quiver open. In the main body of the quiver, the curved front piece of leather is stiched to the back creating a tube, the base of which is boat prow shaped on both sides. The base panel of the quiver is stitched to the front and back, creating a flat bottom that curves up to the sides when viewed from the front. There are two straps of leather around the main body, formed with loops to act as carrying straps. Two holes are pierced in the top back of the quiver, and a further five holes are pierced on each side near the top. An oblong piece of leather with two holes at each end is connected to the sides above the mouth of the quiver bucket; this would have been used to secure the arrows in the quiver. The front and sides of the quiver appear to be covered in gold leaf beneath a coating of pigmented shellac, decorated with interweaving patterns in fine black lines. This creates a warm, reddish, glowing effect, which has probably darkened with age.

Materials

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length 794 mm; width: 258mm; depth: 130mm. Weight: Weight 1074 g

Bibliographic References

D La Rocca, Warriors of the Himalayas, rediscovering the arms and armour of Tibet, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2006: 190, no. 93

Notes

Another two examples are in a private collection in London. One is complete with its suspension straps and red silk tassels, the other in very damaged state. The same decoration is found on the bowcase XXVIB.145, and the arm defence XXVIA.279.