Purchase, Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, by exchange
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.
[Scott S. Gordon, Santa Fe, N. Mex., until 1999; sold to MMA].
La Rocca, Donald J. "An Approach to the Study of Arms and Armour from Tibet." Royal Armouries Yearbook 4 (1999). p. 119, fig. 12.
Lankester, Philip J. "Two Maces from Henry VIII's Arsenal?." Royal Armouries Yearbook 5 (2000). p. 119, fig. 12.
La Rocca, Donald J. Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. pp. 108–109, no. 31, ill.