Shield (phub)

Date: possibly 14th–16th century

Culture: Tibetan

Medium: Cane, iron, brass

Dimensions: Diam. 29 7/8 in. (75.9 cm)

Classification: Shields

Credit Line: Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2001

Accession Number: 2001.55


This shield belongs to a rare group, examples of which have been found at Tsaparang in the Ngari region of western Tibet, and in Phyang Monastery in the Ladakh region of northwestern India. The iron fittings on these shields are extremely similar to those on some types of Tibetan leather arm guards, horse shaffrons, and furniture, especially leather trunks and boxes.