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Plated boots
U.63-3-53
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This plated boots are a National treasure. They are unique boots of the Mongolian Middle Ages. Warriors going into battle on horseback were protected by metal plates, even in their boots, which were of thin flatly-beaten iron. Iron plates were put between the shaft and the vamp of a boot. The shaft is high, up to above knee. On this part there is a braid connected with the trouser’s belt. Until the beginning of the 1950s boots like this were still made in the same place where these boots were found. The sole and the shaft of these boots are thin, indicating they were made for the warm season.

History of the Object
These boots were kept by a lady, who was the 7th generation of the family who owned these boots. They were found in the Arhangai Aimag, Central Mongolia. The first owner of these boots was a warrior who lived in the 15th -17th Century period, when Mongolia was divided into small khanates (territory ruled by a khan). Khans often went into battle and the need for protective armour was great.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Leather, iron plates 
Measurements
Height 56 cm. Length 26 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Mongolia 
Geography
Mongolia 
Time period
AD 15th century ~ AD 16th century 
Creation date
15th-16th Century 
Function
Boots worn by Mongolian warriors 
Acquisition
Acquisition: collected by a local museum curator, Samdan, from an old lady. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
National Museum of Mongolia 
Museum
National Museum of Mongolia 
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