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Pair of stirrups

  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    mid to late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver plated forged steel with velvet covered leathers

  • Museum number:

    IS.24-1880

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The horsemen of Central Asia and the Middle East and those parts of Asia and North Africa culturally influenced by the Arabs, Turks and Mongols adopted a less rigid and more comfortable riding style than in Europe which was more suitable for extended periods in the saddle. This gave the horse greater speed and the rider greater flexibility in the saddle. The stirrups were designed so the rider could partially stand up with confidence and get the seat clear of the saddle. This enabled the use of weapons such as the bow, javelins, swords, and later, firearms. In Europe this riding style became known as la jineta after the Moorish light cavalry that used it.

The stirrup platforms in some cases evolved into large, rectangular platforms. Instructions to the horse's flanks were transmitted using the corners with movements of the rider's heel rather than spurs.

Physical description

Pair of silver plated steel shovel stirrups with green velvet covered leather straps, Anglo-Indian, 19th century

Place of Origin

India (made)

Date

mid to late 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver plated forged steel with velvet covered leathers

Descriptive line

Pair of silver plated steel shovel stirrups with green velvet covered leather straps, India, 19th century

Production Note

Anglo-Indian

Categories

Transport; Arms & Armour; Animals and Wildlife; Equestrian equipment

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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