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Equestrian Equipment

Date:
ca. 1942–46
Geography:
Derge
Culture:
Tibetan, Derge
Medium:
Copper alloy, iron, gold, turquoise, wood, leather, textile
Dimensions:
Saddle: 18 1/2 x 24 x 17 in. (47 x 61 x 43.2 cm); stirrups: H., 7 in. (17.8 cm); bridle and bit: 21 x 9 in. (53.3 x 22.9 cm); Crupper: 39 x 20 in. (99.1 x 50.8 cm); tassel sockets: H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); breast collar: 72 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (184.2 x 3.8 cm)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger and Kenneth and Vivian Lam Gifts; funds from various donors, by exchange; Laird and Kathleen Landmann and Bernice and Jerome Zwanger Gifts; and funds from various donors, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.81a–k
  • Description

    Like the Surkhang saddle also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 2005.427.1), this example demonstrates that the long tradition of finely made and ornately decorated ceremonial saddles flourished in Tibet until the mid-twentieth century. This saddle is distinguished by elaborate mounts of intractable modeled gilt copper set with turquoise. It was made in Derge (in present-day Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China), famous for centuries for its metalwork. It is rare and important as a fine example of high-quality, late Derge metalwork made for a known patron: the Tibetan nobleman Yuthok Tashi Dundrup (1906–1983) commissioned the saddle when he assumed the post of govornor of Eastern Tibet in 1942.

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