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
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.