Pair of Stirrups


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 749

Sometimes erroneously referred to as "conquistador" stirrups, cross-form stirrups (estribos de cruz) did not become popular in Mexico until the 18th century. Although this term is historically inaccurate, it nonetheless highlights the Spanish role in introducing equestrian culture in Mexico. Intricately wrought iron stirrups like this pair, used for show or parade, reflected the wealth and status of the horseman who rode with them.

Pair of Stirrups, Iron, silver, Mexican

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