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Stirrup

Date:
16th–17th century
Culture:
Mongolian or Tibetan
Medium:
Iron, gold, silver
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm); W. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); Wt. 15 oz. (421 g)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Stirrups
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Bashford Dean, by exchange, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.181
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
A detailed Mongolian inscription on the base of this stirrup gives the name of its maker and of the Mongolian nobleman who commissioned it. Such an inscription appears to be unique not only for a stirrup but also for any example of secular ironwork from Mongolia or Tibet, making this stirrup and it's mate (acc. no. 2007.182) invaluable as a touchstone against which all other decorative ironwork of this type can be compared.
Inscription: An engraved Mongolian inscription runs about three-quarters of the way around the border and reads: luu-tu ene dörügeki yi qonin jil-ün tabun sar-a-yin qoyar sini-de Obu?adai Tayijita Kiy-a Darqan kibe (Kiya Darkhan made this stirrup [adorned] with dragons on the second day of the new moon of the fifth month of the yi-sheep year [1595 or 1655] for Oboodai Taiji).
La Rocca, Donald J. "Recent Acquisitions of Tibetan and Mongolian Arms and Armor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Waffen-und Kostümkunde: Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Historische Waffen- und Kostümkunde, n.s., 50, no. 2 (2008). pp. 25–27, figs. 8–9.



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