The Wallace Collection

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  • Stirrup
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Spain
  • c. 1550
  • Iron and gold, chiselled and gilded
  • Height: 10.8 cm, arch
    Width: 11.1 cm, tread
    Weight: 0.85 kg
  • A428
  • European Armoury I
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  • Stirrup, one of a pair with A427, of Moorish style, of iron chiselled and gilt. One of the triangular sides is decorated in low relief with a figure of Lucretia within an oval panel supported by putti and surmounted by a winged, female head; the other side with a figure of Cleopatra in a cartouche formed by monsters and supported by armed men with shields, surmounted by an escutcheon and a female head. The shield bears a circular charge, which has been suggested be a mill-stone but is perhaps more likely to be the bulging centre of a blank shield and is surmounted by a coronet, possibly designating the Señorio de Molina, a royal title enumerated in the style of the Spanish monarchs since the time of Ferdinand and Isabella. The same device serves for the arms of the Catalan town of Molins de Rey. The tread is decorated with a pierced rosette, the underside incised with scrolls; the loop for the leather is chased with mermaids and marine monsters in low relief.

    In the Real Armería at Madrid is a pair of stirrups (inv. no. F 125-6) of similar form, but differing in decoration. These are attributed to Alonso Micerguillo, gunsmith of Charles V (Zschille and Forrer pl. XVII).