Pair of Rowel Spurs
French or Dutch
right: L. 6 in. (15.3 cm); W. 2 7/8 in. (7.4 cm); Wt. 4.6 oz (130 g); left: L. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); W. 2 3/4 in. (7.0 cm); Wt. 4.35 oz. (124 g)
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2011
These superb spurs are intricately chiseled with minute figures of warriors on horseback interspersed with grotesque masks and floral patterns. The workmanship relates closely to that of a small group of chiseled iron sword hilts that were made in either France or Holland in the mid-seventeenth century.
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