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Pair of Stirrups

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T6193
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1700 - 1900


This pair of stirrups provided warmth and protection in the harsh northern winters on the Russian Steppes. They were designed to be worn as over-shoes, possibly over footwear made from strips of birch bark, wrapped around the horseman's feet. They are hollowed out from a single piece of birch wood and chip-carved with geometric decorations of a style similar to that found throughout Scandinavia and northern Russia.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century or 19th century
Place of Origin:Russia or Mongolia


Height:22 cm
Width:26.5 cm
Depth:15 cm