Mongolian Stirrups

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I bought this pair of stirrups at the flea market in Tongeron, Belgium. They are from Ca. 1300AD.  When I visited the Pergamon Museum in Berlin I learned a lot about these stirrups. They had a Mongolian Bowl that used the same inlay technique as on my stirrups. The stirrups were made in Mosol, Northern Iraq. The craftsman had a unique technique of inlaying gold thread, silver thread and silver foiling. This region was conquered by the Mongols in 1262AD. The craftsmen then went to work for the Mongolians employing dragon and phoenix motifs. This inlaying technique faded out of use early in the 14th century. In addition to the fine silver thread inlay these have mind boggling detailed dragon heads on either side. The Dragons have little metal balls that roll around in their mouths for tongues.


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