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Stirrup

Date:
ca. 14th–16th century
Culture:
Tibetan or Mongolian
Medium:
Iron, copper alloy (brass)
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); W. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); D. 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm); Wt. 11.8 oz. (334.5 g)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Stirrups
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Bequest and Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, by exchange, 2014
Accession Number:
2014.73
Not on view
This stirrup is exceptional for the quality and lively nature of the dragonheads at the top of its arch, for its overall form and balance, and for the use of brass cladding over iron as a decorative technique, which is otherwise unknown on Tibetan or Mongolian stirrups. Its worn, hand-rubbed finish also shows that this stirrup was well appreciated over many generations for its tactile beauty.
[art dealer, by 2013–2014; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014," November 11, 2014–December 6, 2015.

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