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Breast Defense (Peytral) from a Horse Armor

Date:
15th–17th century
Culture:
Tibetan or Mongolian
Medium:
Leather, iron, brass or copper alloy, silver, gold, shellac, pigments, textile, hair
Dimensions:
H. 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm); W. 25 5/8 in. (65.1 cm)
Classification:
Armor for Horse
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, by exchange
Accession Number:
1999.36
Not on view
In terms of its decoration, this peytral displays a far greater variety of motifs, executed in a more fluid and accomplished style, than any other comparable example of Tibetan horse armor. At the center of the upper section there is a Wish-Granting Jewel on a lotus throne flanked by symmetrical sprays of lush leafy stems and blossoms, and in the center of the lower section there is a Right-turning Conch Shell. The borders of the central sections are edged with silver wire, while the other sections have copper wire, both sewn in a fine chain stitch. Carbon 14 tests of the leather resulted in a date range of 1402 to 1626.
La Rocca, Donald J. "An Approach to the Study of Arms and Armour from Tibet." Royal Armouries Yearbook 4 (2000). p. 119, fig. 12.

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. 108–109, no. 31, ill.



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