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Lady's Stirrup

Arts of the Americas

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
When the Spanish came to the Western Hemisphere, they reintroduced the horse to regions where it had long been extinct. This animal had a far-reaching impact on life and culture in the Americas, including the production of equestrian adornments and images. This elaborately decorated, slipper-style stirrup is a luxury example of riding equipment for women. The ladies of Lima, Peru, were renowned for their grace on horseback, and since they rode side-saddle, their stirrups were made singly rather than as part of a pair.
MEDIUM Silver
  • Place Made: Peru
  • DATES late 18th-19th century
    DIMENSIONS 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 7 11/16 in. (8.9 x 8.9 x 19.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 41.1275.219
    CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1941, Frank L. Babbott Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Lady's Stirrup, late 18th-19th century. Silver, 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 7 11/16 in. (8.9 x 8.9 x 19.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1941, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 41.1275.219. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 41.1275.219_SL4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Lady's silver stirrup of slipper type. Flat lower part is openwork in allover foliate motif. Upper part has allover relief design of twining flowers and foliage. Solid arching piece above for attachment to saddle.
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