Shield, rhinoceros leather, brass; H: 11 cm, diameter: 44,5 cm; loan from Dasho Sangay Ngedup
The symbols of sun and moon in the upper half of the shield stand for method (upaya*) and wisdom (prajna*) and is intended to protect the bearer by its religious power.
Spear, wood, iron; L: 180 cm; loan from Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup
Spears were dreaded weapons in close combat.
Quiver, bamboo, leather: L: 85 cm; loan from Guy van Strydonck
Today archery is the national sport of Bhutanese men. In the wars of the 19th century, bow and arrow was the weapon most often used.
Helmet, iron, synthetics, Lurex, viscose rayon; H: 48 cm, diameter: 28 cm; loan from Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup
Soldiers' helmets were padded inside and decorated with a braid in five colours as lucky charm.