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Two Cane Shields

Place of Origin: Tibet

Date: 15th-18th Century

Reference: 043

Status: Available

Full Description:

Robinson, p.162 notes that shields were not generally used in Tibet, so these examples are a rare find; two 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.  Both have central iron bosses, one larger than the other.  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.