국립중앙박물관 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA

Highlights
Stirrups
  • Culture/Period

    Unified Silla Period

  • Materials

    Metal - Iron

  • Category

    Transportation / Communication - Harness - Stabilization - Stirrups

  • Dimensions

    H. 24.4 (mouth) D. 16.2 (mouth) D. 16.9 L. 18.5

  • Accession Number

    Bongwan 13557

Stirrups are footholds that are attached to each side of a saddle to help the rider maintain a stable posture when riding. There are two types of stirrups—ring stirrups and pocket stirrups—depending on the shape of the area where the foot rests. These are pocket stirrups, which were decorated with inlaid gold and silver. They are believed to be from the Unified Silla Period, as they were found together with a spoon, bowl, and plate dating to the same period. Although much of the inlay decoration has corroded away, what remains of the gold and silver reveals dynamic images of heavenly horses. The horses on both the left and right are surrounded by an auspicious aura, similar to another heavenly horse image found at Cheonmachong Tomb in Gyeongju. The images were produced with a very skillful, delicate technique, and the border was decorated with a dragon-scale pattern.