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Cane Shield

Place of Origin: Tibet

Date: 15th-18th Century

Diameter: 600mm

Reference: 043

Status: Available

Full Description:

Robinson, p.162 notes that shields were not generally used in Tibet, so this example is a rare find; a large domed cane shields (sba phub).  Constructed of a thick rod of cane, tightly coiled into a spiral.  The rows are completely wrapped with thin split cane, which holds them together.  The shield has a large central iron bosses.  The surfaces are painted red with almonds shaped cartouches in black.  A similar example is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2005.145), see LaRocca, p.94, no.25.

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