Arts of the Americas
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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.
late 18th-19th century
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 7 11/16 in. (8.9 x 8.9 x 19.5 cm) (show scale)
Museum Expedition 1941, Frank L. Babbott Fund
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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
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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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