A Fine Set of Kura [Saddle] and Abumi [Stirrups], Edo Period (18th Century) The saddle decorated in gold hiramaki-e on a black lacquer ground with leaves of shurochiku [hemp palm, Rhapis humilis], the kurashiki [saddle pad], shitagawa [saddle cloth] and leather stirrup-straps all of embossed and lacquered leather with a variety of floral motifs, the iron stirrips decorated in flat inlay of silver with leaves of shurochiku, signed in silver inlaid characters on the shanks.
Equestrian Equipment, ca. 1942–46. Tibetan, Derge. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger and Kenneth and Vivian Lam Gifts; funds from various donors, by exchange; Laird and Kathleen Landmann and Bernice and Jerome Zwanger Gifts; and funds from various donors, 2008 (2008.81a–k) | This work demonstrates that the long tradition of finely made and ornately decorated ceremonial saddles flourished in Tibet until the mid-twentieth century. #horses