Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Rowel Spur (Right)

Date:
ca. 1500
Culture:
Hungarian
Medium:
Iron alloy
Dimensions:
L. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm); W. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); Diam. of rowel 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); Wt. 14.3 oz. (405.8 g)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Spurs
Credit Line:
Gift of Bashford Dean, 1923
Accession Number:
23.192.11
Not on view
In the 15th century, rowel spurs with very long necks were of common use in western Europe. At this period, the elevated war saddles and the very specific riding style, with long stirrup leathers and legs extended forward, had the consequence of taking away the rider’s feet from the horse’s flank. Thus, these long necks gave them easier access without having to disturb the rider’s position.
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