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Parade Saddle

Date:
ca. 1450
Culture:
German or Tyrolean
Medium:
bone, polychromy, wood
Dimensions:
H. 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm); L. 22 in. (54.8 cm); W. 17 in. (43.2 cm)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Saddles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.250
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
Only the unicorn moves unharmed through the densely packed landscape on this deluxe saddle. It witnesses amorous scenes—the giving of rings, the playing of music. Other animals are locked in combat on opposite sides of the saddle: a knight, perhaps Saint George, slays a dragon to save a princess in distress, while an unarmed man wrestles a lion.
Ex coll.: Maurice de Tallyrand-Pérogord, duc de Dino.
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