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Pair of Child's Stirrups

Date:
late 17th-18th century
Culture:
German or Spanish
Medium:
Iron
Dimensions:
Stirrup (n); H. 5 in. (12.7 cm); W. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); D. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); Wt. 5.2 oz. (147.4 g); stirrup (o); H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); W. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); D. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); Wt. 5.5 oz. (155.9 g)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Stirrups
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.705n, o
Not on view
The small size of these stirrups means that they were probably made for a child. Children from wealthy families would start riding lessons as soon as they could sit on a pony, usually around the age of 3. Horsemanship was an important component of European noble society, and children of the elite were expected to master the art of equitation. Moreover, as many nobles served in the cavalry, it was essential for them to be skillful riders by the time they were old enough to go to war
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Louisville. J. B. Speed Art Museum. "A Loan Exhibition of Equestrian Equipment from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 4–July 3, 1955.

Grancsay, Stephen V. A Loan Exhibition of Equestrian Equipment from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Catalogue. Louisville, Ky.: Speed Art Museum, 1955. no. 146, ill. (14.25.705n).



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