Breast Defense (Peytral) from a Horse Armor

Tibetan or Mongolian

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.

Breast Defense (Peytral) from a Horse Armor, Leather, iron, brass or copper alloy, silver, gold, shellac, pigments, textile, hair (yak), Tibetan or Mongolian

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