Pair of Stirrups

Pair of Stirrups

1600s

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Brass

Overall: 17.2 x 12.1 cm (6 3/4 x 4 3/4 in.)

Weight: 590 g (1.3 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1919.49

Location

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Although more fragile than non-rotating systems, the swivel suspension eye allowed the stirrup leather to stay flat against the horse’s flank when it was in use.

Description

With the aid of stirrups, the knight could rise (especially during jousts) and, buttressed against the high cantle of the saddle, bend forward in order to gain the full advantage of the weight of his own armor and that of his horse. The footplate of the stirrup gradually became wider, as shown by these examples from the 1600s.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Arms & Armor
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor
Medium: 
Brass

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