Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • United States
  • stirrup, early 1800s–1861
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 15 x 13 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 5 7/8 x 5 1/8 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0424

This dark brown wooden stirrup appears to be carved from a single piece of wood. The top portion is flat and parallel to the footplate, though it is a bit narrower front to back. The bottom of the footplate forms a keel, oriented front to back. The inner surface is smooth, but the outside, except the top, has carved decoration. The sides have horizontal parallel ridges with a stripe on either end of angled parallel ridges, one side of the stirrup has these oriented up, the other side has them oriented down. The bottom has a raised rope-like element traveling left to right. It is flanked by bands of zigzag, overlapping ovals (incomplete due to the overlap), short diagonal lines, and short vertical lines. The front and back of the stirrup, between the keel and the top of the footplate, has two triangular ridges.

The proximal end has a metal bolt through it.