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:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
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.

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. vol. 1, pl. 55.

Laking, Guy Francis, Charles Alexander Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries. Vol. 5. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1922. vol. 3, p. 171-172, fig. 979.

Eisler, J., and János Kalmár. "Zu den Fragen der Beinsattel des Ungarischen Nationalmuseums. Parts I and II." Folia Archaeologica 28, 30 (1977 and 1979). vol 28, part I, pp. 189–209; vol. 30, 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.

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