Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Stirrup, 975–1075
    Anglo–Scandinavian, possibly from southern England
    Iron inlaid with copper alloy; 10 x 5 1/2 in. (25.4 x 14 cm)
    Fletcher Fund, 1947 (47.100.23)

    Though the Vikings are best known as seafaring warriors, through contact with Europe they grew ever more adept as cavalrymen. Changes in stirrup design gave a tactical advantage in that they permitted a warrior to shift his weight onto the stirrups and thereby wield his weapons with greater height and force. This stirrup, decorated with a distinctive technique of iron inlay, is of a type found in England and may have been introduced in the renewed Viking attacks at the end of the tenth century.

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  • Stirrup, 975–1075
    Anglo-Scandinavian, possibly from southern England
    Iron inlaid with copper alloy; 10 x 5 1/2 in. (25.4 x 14 cm)
    Fletcher Fund, 1947 (47.100.23)


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