The Wallace Collection

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  • Stirrup
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1600
  • Bronze, gold and enamel, enamelled and gilded
  • Height: 10.7 cm, arch
    Width: 12.7 cm, tread
    Weight: 1.33 kg
  • Inscription: 'A.B.C.D.E.F.G.H.I.L.N.W.'
  • A444
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Stirrup, one of a pair with A445, of Moorish fashion. Of bronze, richly gilt and enamelled in green and white. The rhomboidal sides are decorated in low relief with foliage upon a ground of green champlevé enamel bordered with a scrolled strapwork of white enamel, with female herms, masks and swags of fruit, gilt; the tread flat and without ornament; the cross-bar at the top of baluster form, the ends where they join the sides chased with a double rose; oval ring for the leather. Beneath the tread of one is an alphabet of scattered Roman letters (A.B.C.D.E.F.G.H.I.L.N.W.) which have been roughly cut into metal for no apparent reason, unless as an exercise in chasing.