Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Pair of Stirrups (Yob)

possibly 12th–14th century
Tibetan or Mongolian
Iron, gold, silver
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Equestrian Equipment-Stirrups
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of William H. Riggs, by exchange, and funds from various donors, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.119a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
This pair of stirrups is without equal in style, form, and construction. In particular, the combination of high relief, pierced work, and deep chiseling of the iron, highlighted by the lavish use of gold and silver, is unmatched on any other known pair of stirrups from Tibet, China, or Mongolia.
New York. Fuller Building. "Sacred Symbols: The Ritual Art of Tibet," March 24–April 3, 1999, no. 72.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet," April 5–July 4, 2006, no. 127.

Thurman, Robert A. F., and David Weldon. Sacred Symbols: The Ritual Art of Tibet. New York: Sotheby's, New York, 1999. pp. 156–57, no. 72, ill.

La Rocca, Donald J. Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. pp. 15, 16, 83, 243, no. 127, ill.

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