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Tibetan armoured cavalryman | by THoog
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Tibetan armoured cavalryman

Tibet, and possibly Bhutan and Nepal, 18th-19th century.


From museum caption:

"This figure has been assembled based on photographs taken in the 1930s and 1940s in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa during the Great Prayer Festival, which included troops oi ceremonial armored cavalry who wore a standardized set of equipment as stipulated by the central government of Tibet probably from the

mid-seventeenth or eighteenth century onward. The rider was outfitted with a helmet, a set of iron disks known as the "four mirrors" worn over a shirt of mail, an armored belt, a bow case and quiver, a matchlock musket, a bandoleer with gunpowder and bullets, and a short spear; and the horse was given a saddle, saddle rug, and tack. Armed and equipped in a similar fashion, Tibetan government officials were required to demonstrate proficiency on horseback with musket, bow and arrow, and spear in contests that were still being held periodically as late as the mid-twentieth century."


Sword, left: Tibet or China, 14th-16th century

Sword, right: TIbet, 17th-19th century

Flat cane shield with iron struts: Tibet, possibly 14th-16th century

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Taken on May 16, 2009