Parade Saddle

German or Tyrolean

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373

The German inscriptions are a romantic dialogue and translate in part, "I hope for dear summertime; wait––be willing [in favor of] me; smile, love, smile." The lady holds a falcon, symbol of Minne (courtly love), because it was believed to return to its master by affection and not by force. In the nineteenth century, this saddle was part of the collection of Tratzberg Castle in the Austrian Tyrol.

Parade Saddle, Bone, polychromy, wood, birch bark, German or Tyrolean

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