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Stirrup

Date:
975–1075
Geography:
Made in possibly southern England
Culture:
Anglo-Scandinavian
Medium:
Iron with copper alloy inlay
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 x 5 1/2 in. (25.4 x 14 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Iron
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.100.23
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Though the Vikings are best known as seafaring warriors, through contact with Europe they grew even more adept as cavalrymen. This stirrup, decorated with a distinctive technique of iron inlay, is of a type found in England and may have been introduced in the renewed Viking attacks at the end of the tenth century.
Dorothy Neville, London (before 1892); Edwin M. Berolzheimer, New York (sold 1945); [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1945–1947)]
Miner, Dorothy, ed. Early Christian and Byzantine Art: An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore: Walters Art Museum, 1947. no. 353, p. 80, pl. XLVIII.

Griffith, Beatrice Fox. Treasure Under Glass. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1963. p. 23, pl. XXI, accession number incorrectly identified in caption as 17.100.23.

Norris, Michael. Medieval Art: A Resource for Educators. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005. no. 7, 46-47.



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