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
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)