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Saddle, Saddle Pad, Stirrups, Rein, Stirrup Straps, Bit and Bridle, Breaststrap, Tassel, and Crupper

Date:
18th–19th century
Culture:
Tibetan
Medium:
Iron, gold, copper, turquoise, wood (fruitwood), leather (buckskin, doeskin), linen, silk, wool, hair (yak)
Dimensions:
Saddle (a); H. 15 in. (38.1 cm); L. 23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm); W. 17 1/2 in. (45.1 cm); saddle pad (b); L. 31 in. (78.7 cm); W. 24 in. (61 cm); stirrups (c, d); L. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); W. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); rein (e); L. 58 in. (147.3 cm); stirrup straps (f, g); L. 37 1/2 in. (95.3 cm); bit and bridle (h); L. 21 in. (53.5 cm); W. 10 in. (25.4 cm); cheststrap (i); L. 74 in. (188 cm); tassel (j); L. 16 in. (40.6 cm); crupper strap (k); L. 34 in. (86.4 cm); overall Wt. 19 lb. 14 oz.
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Saddles
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.583a–k
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
George Cameron Stone, New York (by 1934–d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
Stone, George Cameron. A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times, Together with Some Closely Related Subjects. Portland, ME, 1934. ill. p. 533, fig. 681.5 (saddle and stirrups only).

Stone, George Cameron. A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times, Together with Some Closely Related Subjects. New York, 1961. ill. p. 533, fig. 681.5 (saddle and stirrups only).

Stone, George Cameron, and Donald J. La Rocca. A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times, Together with Some Closely Related Subjects. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications, 1999. ill. p. 533, fig. 681.5 (saddle a, b and stirrups only).

Grancsay, Stephen V. "The George C. Stone Bequest: Chinese and Malayan Arms and Armor." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 32, no. 6 (June 1937). p. 145, ill. (pommel plate of saddle).

Grancsay, Stephen V. A Loan Exhibition of Equestrian Equipment from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Louisville, Kentucky, May 4–July 3, 1955. no. 61 (36.25.583a, b illustrated in un-numbered plate as cat. 61 in back of book).

La Rocca, Donald J. The Gods of War: Sacred Imagery and the Decoration of Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, December 10th 1996-December 1997. p. 13–15, checklist no. 21, ill. pl. 8 (36.25.583a, b).

La Rocca, Donald J. "Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet." In Warriors of the Himalayas. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 1, 2006. pp. 134–135, 218, 222–223, nos. 46, 116, ill. pp. 134–135, 223, and front cover (a–c and h–k illustrated in cat. no. 46 and on front cover; a–b illustrated and a–k discussed in cat. no. 116).



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