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Breast Defense (Peytral) from a Horse Armor

Date:
15th–17th century
Culture:
Tibetan or Mongolian
Medium:
Leather, iron, brass or copper alloy, silver, gold, shellac, pigments, textile, hair
Dimensions:
H. 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm); W. 25 5/8 in. (65.1 cm)
Classification:
Armor for Horse
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, by exchange
Accession Number:
1999.36
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].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet," April 5–July 4, 2006, no. 31.

La Rocca, Donald J. "An Approach to the Study of Arms and Armour from Tibet." Royal Armouries Yearbook 4 (1999). 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. 8, 11, 96, 97 (n. 7), 100, 105, 108–109, no. 31, 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. 46, fig. 11.



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