Language: Tibetan
Source: Classical literature

Mda‘ gdong (མད་འ་ག་དོ་ང་) is a type of Tibetan open quiver that spreads the arrows out like a fan.

It is listed in the Five Language Compendium as being synonymous to the Chinese sādài (撒袋) and the Manchu jebele, and indeed the type of quiver is also found in use by the Tibetans.1

Tibetan quiver

A Tibetan open quiver or mda‘ gdong (མད་འ་ག་དོ་ང་) 

1. See the Yùzhì Wǔtǐ Qīngwén Jiàn (御製五體清文鑑) or "Five Language Compendium", military section. Published in 1794. While meaning quiver on its own, in some regulations, the Chinese term sādài is used to refer to the complete set of bowcase, quiver, and belt. For the transliteration, see Oliver Corff; Auf kaiserlichen Befehl erstelltes Wörterbuch des Manjurischen in fünf Sprachen "Fünfsprachenspiegel", Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden. Teil 1, page 264.

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Such work was made in the Royal workshops of Lhasa.


DescriptionA Mongolian trousse with horn hilted


Typical Chinese hook sword, with seldom-seen fine silver wire overlay.

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With the swirling arabesque motifs that are typical for this period.


Mounted on a custom hardwood stand


This kind of fine work is typical for Tibetan work of the 15th-16th centuries.