Pair of Stirrups

bronze, cast, with punched and engraved decoration

14 x 15.5cm

Stirrups originated among the horse-riding nomads of the Central and Inner Asian steppes well before the coming of Islam. The present type, with flat feet, rounded arches and a rectangular bracket for the stirrup strap, is to be associated with Afghanistan, or perhaps north India, in the Ghaznavid period.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.212, p.181.