Saddle

Date: ca. 1570–80

Geography: Milan

Culture: Italian, Milan

Medium: Wood, textile, iron, linen, leather, steel, gold, silver

Dimensions: 22 1/2 x 25 1/4 x 24 1/2 in. (54.6 x 64.1 x 62.2 cm); Wt. 22 lb. 1 oz. (10 kg)

Classification: Equestrian Equipment-Saddles

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1904

Accession Number: 04.3.252

Description

This is a rare example of a complete European war saddle of good quality from the third quarter of the sixteenth century. The saddle is armored by three plates at the front (pommel plates) as well as two plates at the rear (cantle plates), each decorated with etched and gilt bands of trophies. With these decorated and brightly polished saddle steels set against the vividly hued silk velvet covering, highlighted with glistening gold thread, the overall effect of the saddle, when in its original condition, would have been one of great richness.

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