A rare cane and iron struts shield
the medium row struts are posterior
inside used cane otherwise exterior good condition The metropolitan museum date this type of shield from 1400to 1600
we will be more conservative and say 19th,though we never know.....
the metropolitan museum comments about these shields:"Shields were once widely used in Tibet. They were invariably round and consist of two basic types: shields made of cane or wicker, and shields made of leather. Of these, the cane shields seem to have been made in Tibet, while most if not all of the leather shields appear to have come from India, Bhutan, Sikkim, and probably Nepal. Cane shields have two principal forms: flat, as in this example, and domed or convex. This particular cane shield belongs to a rare group, examples of which have been found at Tsaparang in the Ngari area 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 and on Tibetan furniture, especially leather boxes".
this shield is in a house abroad so the person interested should wait a little more for delivery