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Stirrup

Date:
late 19th - early 20th century
Culture:
Moroccan
Medium:
Iron, silver, copper
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm); W. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); D. 6 11/16 in. (17 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 10.6 oz. (754.1 g)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Stirrups
Credit Line:
Gift of George A. Douglass, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.292
Not on view
This shape of stirrups, with their square footplates and their wide flaring sides, is found in most of the Islamic world. This pair is richly decorated with plated silver, incised with vegetal scrolls and intricate geometrical interlaced bands, typical of Moroccan art.

Traditionally, Moroccan riders take great pride in their horses and still frequently adorn them with shiny and colorful tack for parades and festivals. Wealthy riders would increase their prestige by covering their mount with luxurious material and equipping themselves with as luxurious matching accessories.
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