Exhibitions/ Art Object

Parade Saddle

ca. 1450
German or Tyrolean
Bone, polychromy, wood, leather, iron alloy
H. 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm); L. 22 in. (54.8 cm); W. 17 in. (43.2 cm)
Equestrian Equipment-Saddles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
Only the unicorn moves unharmed through the densely packed landscape on this deluxe saddle. It witnesses amorous scenes—the giving of rings, the playing of music. Other animals are locked in combat on opposite sides of the saddle: a knight, perhaps Saint George, slays a dragon to save a princess in distress, while an unarmed man wrestles a lion.
Ex coll.: Maurice de Tallyrand-Pérogord, duc de Dino.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Costume Institute. "Man and the Horse: an illustrated history of equestrian apparel," December 3, 1984–September 1, 1985.

von Schlosser, J., Wendelin Boeheim, and Countess de Valencia de Don Juan. "Elfenbeinsättel des ausgehenden Mittelaltars." Jahrbuch der Kunsthistorischen Sammlungen des Allerhöchsten Kaiserhauses Band 15 pp. 260-294, Band 15.

Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet d'Armes de Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. p. 49, no. E. 6, pls. 20-21.

Musée de l'Armée and Gustave Léon Niox. Armes & Armures Cnciennes et Souvenirs Historiques, les Plus Précieux. Vol. 1. Paris: Hôtel des Invalides, 1917. pl. 55.

Laking, Guy Francis, Charles Alexander Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries. Vol. V. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1922. vol. 3, p. 171-172, fig. 979.

Post, Paul. "Falsche mittelalterliche Beinsättel." Mitteilungen des Museen-Verbandes als Manuskript für die Mitglieder gedruckt und ausgegeben im Juli 1938 (1938), pp. 41-48, figs. 1-3.

Eisler, J., and János Kalmár. "Zu den Fragen der Beinsattel des Ungarischen Nationalmuseums." Folia Archaeologica 28, part I pp. 189–209.

Eisler, J. "Zu den Fragen der Beinsättel des Ungarischen Nationalmuseums." Folia Archaeologica XXX, part II pp. 205–244.

Boccia, Lionello G., and Museo Civico Medievale di Bologna. L'Armeria del Museo Civico Medievale di Bologna. Busto Arsizio, Italy: Bramante Editrice, 1991. pp. 111-112, no. 214.

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