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Saddle

Date:
ca. 1400–1420
Geography:
Made in perhaps Bohemia, Central Europe
Culture:
Central European
Medium:
Staghorn, limewood, rawhide, birchbark, polychromy
Dimensions:
Overall ((a) Saddle): 13 5/16 × 20 1/2 × 13 5/8 in. (33.8 × 52.1 × 34.6 cm) Overall (b-blanket): 30 7/8 × 27 1/4 in. (78.4 × 69.2 cm)
Classification:
Ivories-Bone
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.66a, b
  • Description

    This is one of about twenty known Medieval saddles decorated with bone plaques. The saddles vary somewhat in decoration, but certain motifs are common throughout. For instance, Saint George, standing over the defeated dragon, appears with elegant couples on most of the saddles. Used in parade, they were probably more ceremonial than utilitarian.

    The bone plaques used to create the saddle, probably from the pelvic bones of large animals such as cows, are attached to the core with bone pins and glue. The underside is lined with hide and birch bark.

  • Provenance

    Prince Gian Giacomo Trivulzio, Milan (by 1872-until 1928); [ Julius Böhler Kunsthandlung, Munich (1928)]; [ Duveen Brothers, London, Paris and New York (1928)]; Clarence H. Mackay, Roslyn NY (from 1928;Mackay Estate until 1940)

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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