19th Century Spanish Colonial 'Conquistador' Brass Stirrups - Pair

    From the text for a very similar piece in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York:

    "This slipper stirrup, cast in bronze, mimics in metal the shape and decoration of a traditional leather boot. The rope design on the edge copies the sewing of the inside leather lining found on some other examples. The high quality of the metal casting is a direct inheritance of the metalworking skills displayed by Peruvian native populations before the conquest.

    Introduced to South America by the Spaniards in the 16th century, horses soon became an important element in the lives of many local populations, of both colonial and native origin. As a horse would be highly valued by its owner, the latter would likely cover it with beautiful and elaborated tack, especially during festivals or other celebrations. Closed stirrups, or regular stirrups covered with a leather hood called a tapadero, are still regularly used in South America, as they protect the rider’s feet when riding in the bushes."

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