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Pair of stirrups


Length: 28.800 cm
Height: 25.500 cm

Given by F. Fairer Smith through the Art Fund


Asia JA 1940.12-12.1,2

Rooms 92-94: Japan

    Pair of stirrups

    From Japan
    Edo period, 17th century AD

    Iron with silver inlay

    This type pf stirrup was fully developed by the Heian period (794-1185). They provided a firm platform for an archer as he stood to shoot his arrows. The traditional design remained unchanged in the centuries that followed.

    Like all other elements of a Japanese warrior's equipment, the stirrups were designed to impress. This pair is made of iron with a floral silver inlay. The inner surface is lined with lacquered wood intricately inlaid with a network of triangle-shaped pieces of shell. They are signed 'Osaragi jū Shigetsugu' ('Shigetsugu living in Osaragi').

    L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)

    L. Smith and V. Harris, Japanese decorative arts from (London, The British Museum Press, 1982)


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