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Pair of Carved Wooden, Iron & Leather Stirrups
Mexico
18th century

height of wooden section of each stirrup: 25cm, width:  22cm, depth: 15.5cm, length of leather strap: 38cm

This remarkable pair of large, carved wooden stirrups is from 18th century Mexico. Each is carved in high relief with geometric and other motifs. The carvings
on their fronts are the best examples of such carving that we have seen.

Both are also fitted with iron mounts and heavy, thick leather straps. The straps have been bound over the iron loop to affix them to the stirrups with fine
plait-work, this itself having the most splendid patina.

The reverse of each has a cavity into which the front of the foot would sit.

A related pair is illustrated in Stone (1961, p. 586).

Overall, this pair of stirrups has excellent sculptural quality. Both, including all their elements, have an excellent, golden patina.

References:
Stone, G.C., A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in all Countries and in all Times, first published in 1934, Jack Brussel,
1961.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 5038

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