Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Pair of Stirrups

Date:
17th century
Culture:
German
Medium:
Iron, copper alloy, leather
Dimensions:
Stirrup (cc); H. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm); W. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm); D. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 0.5 oz. (1375 g); stirrup (dd); H. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); W. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm); D. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 13.3 oz. (1284.2 g)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Stirrups
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.708cc, dd
Not on view
The large size of these stirrups is unusual for the period. They may have been used by a postilion, a driver riding one of the carriage horses. However stirrups for this purpose typically had simpler designs. Indeed, to prevent their legs being crushed between the two horses or the central wooden shaft, postilion riders wore heavy oversized reinforced boots, and they consequently needed larger spurs and stirrups. The small leather cushions are also unusual, and may be later additions.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
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