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Shield (phub)

possibly 14th–16th century
Cane, iron, brass
Diam. 29 7/8 in. (75.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2001
Accession Number:
Not on view
This shield belongs to a rare group, examples of which have been found at Tsaparang in the Ngari region of western Tibet, and in Phyang Monastery in the Ladakh region of northwestern India. The iron fittings on these shields are extremely similar to those on some types of Tibetan leather arm guards, horse shaffrons, and furniture, especially leather trunks and boxes.
[Art dealer, London, until 2001; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 1991–2002," September 4, 2002–January 18, 2004, no. 43.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2000–2001." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v. 59, no. 2 (Fall, 2001). p. 83, ill.

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. 46, no. 43, ill.

La Rocca, Donald J. Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. pp. 92–94, no. 24, ill.

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