Item ref: 3755
Private Collection, Madrid
The introduction of the ‘four mirrors’ cuirass into north India in the 17th century was mirrored on the Himalayan plateau by the development of a similar form, also made of four plates, circular at the front and rear, crescent-shaped at the sides, and fastened by a series of leather straps and buckles over a mail shirt. These have traditionally been ascribed to Bhutan, but there is good evidence that they were also used in Tibet alongside the traditional lamellar armours.
A comparable example is in the Royal Armouries, Leeds, no. xxvia.159.