About this object

A circular, domed shield [dtra le] of rhino hide, finished with black lacquer and a red lacquer rim. Fitted to the centre front of the shield are four metal bosses that are also finished with red lacquer. At the back are leather straps and grips.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    19th Century Late
  • Materials
    Skin Rhino; Leather Skin; Iron; Lacquer
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1910 about
  • Measurements
    410 mm x 410 mm x 80 mm; 16 1/8 in x 16 1/8 in x 3 1/8 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Likely to have been collected in Bhutan during the 1910 Treaty signing, or during one of Bell's visits to Bhutan House, Kalimpong. This provenance is not recorded in the List of Curios, although, another pair of shields with this provenance (private collection) is described in the List of Curios. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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