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Chinese Tiger Shield
19th century Tengpai

Chinese Tiger Shield 19th century Tengpai Vietnam Korea www.swordsantiqueweapons.com


A very fine 19th century Chinese wicker shield.

This fine example measures 83cms in diameter.
A large painted Tiger shield reputedly used by the Tiger soldiers who were elite 'shock' troops used to terrify the enemy during wars of the 19th century.
There are records of these soldiers being present during both the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions, as well as some earlier references to tiger-striped uniforms during the 18th Century.
The large gently convex shield made of heavy cane painted dramatically with a tigers face with open jaws. The reverse retaining the cane-bound wooden handgrip with the arm loop now missing.
There are several examples of this type of shield found in national museums and institutions, one in the Museum Volkenkunde Leiden, one in the Royal Armouries, Leeds, and several in the American Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington.

A wonderful and very rare shield of great proportions.