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Pommel Plate from a Saddle

Date:
13th–15th century
Culture:
Mongolian (Central or West Asian) or Tibetan
Medium:
Iron, gold, silver
Dimensions:
5 5/8 x 10 1/2 in. (14.3 x 26.7 cm)
Classification:
Saddle Plates
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.336
Not on view
The style, materials, and decorative techniques of this pommel plate are like those on Tibetan saddles, but this is the only known pommel plate to feature human figures or a secular scene of any kind, in this case a tiger hunt. It is very similar to hunting scenes that occur frequently on early fourteenth-century metalwork from the Ilkhanate, a state founded by the Mongols in Persia, which suggests that this plate was made for a Mongol patron, either in Persia or in Tibet, based on Ilkhanid designs.
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