Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Quiver (mda' shubs) with Accessory

late 13th–15th century
Tibetan or Mongolian
Leather, iron, copper alloy, wicker (bamboo or cane), wood
L. 32 1/2 in. (82.6 cm); W. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)
Archery Equipment-Bows
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.65a, b
Not on view
This quiver represents a very rare type, the basic form of which is depicted in works of art from China through Tibet and Central Asia from at least the seventh century until the end of the fourteenth century. The body is made of wicker or split bamboo, covered in leather, and reinforced by an iron frame. The top is covered by a keyhole-shaped cowl made of a copper alloy, which is open at the front for the insertion or removal of arrows. Quivers of this type are wider at the bottom because the arrows were placed in them with the arrowheads upward, unlike later types of quivers. Carbon-14 testing places this quiver in a date range of 1290–1410.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas," December 20, 2014–June 14, 2015.

La Rocca, Donald J. Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. pp. 8, 188–190, no. 91, ill.

La Rocca, Donald J. "Tibetan Warriors: The Challenges of Presenting the Warlike Side of a Peaceful Culture." In The Universal Heritage of Arms and Military History: Challenges and Choices in a Changing World, ICOMAM Conference, Vienna 2007. Vienna: Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, 2008. p. 48, fig. 13 right.

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