Warriors of the Himalayas Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet Donald LaRocca

Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
Publication date:
01 May 2006
Metropolitan Museum of Art
320 pages: 279 x 254mm
85 b/w + 210 color illus.


This is the first in-depth examination of the fascinating subject of the armor and weapons of Tibet, a country that throughout the centuries was the scene of dramatic artistic, cultural, and political developments involving Tibetan, Mongol, Chinese, Nepalese, and other Himalayan states. Many of these cultures left behind helmets, armor for men and horses, saddles, swords, archery equipment, and other arms, some of which are unique examples of previously unknown types. Dating from the 13th to the 19th century, they include masterly examples of pierced ironwork embellished with gold and silver, skillfully crafted swords and sword blades, and extremely rare examples of decorated leatherwork.
 This richly illustrated book explores each type in turn and features essays by leading scholars. Also included is the first glossary of Tibetan arms and armor terms as well as a selection of excerpts from some of the few surviving Tibetan texts relating to this subject.

Donald J. LaRocca is Curator, Department of Arms and Armor, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. John Clarke is Curator, Department of Asian Art, Victoria and Albert Museum. Amy Heller is a Tibetologist and art historian affiliated with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris).
Lozang Jamspal is an Adjunct Professor, Department of Religion, Columbia University.

"Lavishly illustrated with excellent reproductions, the book presents a dizzying array of artifacts that range from the 13th to the 20th Centuries. Scholarly and comprehensive."?Art Times

Winner of the 2008 Justus Lipsius Award sponsored by the International Committee of Museums and Collections of Arts and Military History.