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Warriors of the Himalayas

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Pages: 320
  • Illustrations: 295 (210 in full color)
  • Dimensions: 10 1/4'' x 11 1/4''
  • Format: Hardcover
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  • ISBN: 9780300111538



By Donald J. LaRocca, with essays by John Clarke, Amy Heller, and Lozang Jamspal

This publication provides an in-depth examination of the fascinating and virtually unknown subject of armor and weapons from Tibet. Not only the birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism, one of the world's great religions, Tibet over the centuries was also the scene of dramatic artistic, cultural, and political developments involving Tibetan, Mongol, Chinese, Nepalese, and other Himalayan states. Many of these cultures left behind evocative evidence of their presence and influence in the form of helmets, armor for men and horses, saddles, swords, archery equipment, and other arms, all of which are highly distinctive, with some even being unique examples of previously unknown types. Dating from the thirteenth to the twentieth century, these objects include remarkable examples of pierced ironwork embellished with gold and silver, masterfully crafted swords and sword blades, and extremely rare examples of decorated leatherwork. Warriors of the Himalayas features essays by leading scholars in the areas of Tibetan metalwork and iconography, and includes the first glossary of Tibetan arms and armor terms, a selection of excerpts from some of the few surviving Tibetan texts relating to this subject, a bibliography, and an index.

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