Bridle and Matching Crupper Straps, Iron, leather, gold, textile, Tibetan

Bridle and Matching Crupper Straps

15th–17th century
Iron, leather, gold, textile
Bridle (a); as mounted, H. 22 in. (55.9 cm); W. 10 in. (25.4 cm); D. 8 in. (20.3 cm); crupper (b); L. 37 in. (94 cm)
Equestrian Equipment-Bits
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.73a, b
Not on view
The lavish fittings of this bridle rank among the best examples of pierced and damascened Tibetan ironwork. The delicacy and complexity of the pierced work are particularly noteworthy. Ceremonial bridles with iron fittings of this type are extremely rare, the vast majority having fittings made of gilded copper.
[Joseph G. Gerena, New York, until 2005; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet," April 5–July 4, 2006, no. 134.

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, 74, 148, 219, 248–249, no. 134, ill.