Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense)

Tibetan or Mongolian

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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.

Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense), Iron, leather, brass or copper alloy, Tibetan or Mongolian

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