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Quiver

Date:
14th–16th century
Culture:
Tibetan or Mongolian
Medium:
Leather, shellac, pigment
Dimensions:
31 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. (80.6 x 22.2 cm)
Classification:
Archery Equipment-Arrows & Quivers
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Bequest, and Rogers Fund, by exchange, 2014
Accession Number:
2014.71
Not on view
Made to hold arrows, a quiver of this type was suspended from the right side of an archer's belt. Quivers and bow cases, both worn at the waist, were typical for the style of horseback archery practiced in Tibet and most of Asia. All-leather quivers of this early date are extremely rare. This example is decorated down the front with a set of Buddhist designs known as the Eight Auspicious Symbols, comprising the parasol, pair of golden fishes, treasure vase, lotus, right-turning conch shell, endless knot, victory banner, and wheel of Dharma.
[art dealer, by 2013–2014; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014," November 11, 2014–December 6, 2015.

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