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Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense)

Date:
15th–17th century
Culture:
Tibetan or Mongolian
Medium:
Iron, leather, brass or copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 21 in. (53.3 cm); W. 20 1/4 in. (51.4 cm); Wt. 6 lb. 13.2 oz. (3095.8 g)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Shaffrons
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Collection of Giovanni P. Morosini, presented by his daughter Giulia, by exchange; Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, by exchange; and Fletcher Fund, by exhange, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.242d
Not on view
This shaffron is an excellent example of what appears to be a standard form, consisting mainly of a leather ground covered with small square iron plates, which are sewn to the ground by leather laces threaded through a single hole and a small boss at the corner of each plate. Shaped iron plates are laced down the center and at each cheek. The leaf-shaped finial of the vertical rib attached to the central iron panel is very similar to those found on Tibetan cane shields, leather arm defenses, and leather boxes.
Pyhrr, Stuart W., Donald J. La Rocca, and Morihiro Ogawa. Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions, 1991–2002. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002. p. 50, no. 47, ill.

La Rocca, Donald J. "Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet." In Warriors of the Himalayas. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 1, 2006. pp. 102–103, no. 28, ill.



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