Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Stirrup

Date:
16th–17th century
Culture:
Mongolian or Tibetan
Medium:
Iron, gold, silver
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); W. 5 11/16 in. (14.4 cm); Wt. 22 oz. (617 g)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Stirrups
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Bashford Dean, by exchange, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.182
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
A detailed Mongolian inscription on the base of this stirrup's mate (acc. no. 2007.181) 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 pair of stirrups invaluable as a touchstone against which all other decorative ironwork of this type can be compared.
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, fig. 8.



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