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Pair of Stirrups

Date:
15th–17th century
Culture:
Tibetan or Mongolian
Medium:
Iron, gold, silver, horn, copper alloy
Dimensions:
each stirrup: 5 1/2 x 6 in. (14 x 15.2 cm)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Stirrups
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Sulzberger Foundation Inc. Gift and Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Bequest, 2014
Accession Number:
2014.72a, b
Not on view
The unusual, possibly unique, combination of horn and iron as well as the superior quality of the high-relief chiseling of the dragonheads, and the extensive use of gold and particularly silver damascening over their iron surfaces set these stirrups apart. The plainness of the tread plates, however, and the sturdy construction overall show that they were intended for rigorous use.
[art dealer, by 2013–2014; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014," November 11, 2014–December 6, 2015.

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