Pair of stirrups with shishi (Buddhist lion-dogs) - ROM2005_3594_1


Pair of stirrups with shishi (Buddhist lion-dogs)

Medium:Wood, lacqured and gilded, with iron or steel fittings
Geography: Japan
Date: 18th century AD
Period: Edo period
25 x 28.5 x 13.5 cm
Object number: 934.31.8.B-C
Credit Line: This purchase was made possible with the support of The Reuben Wells Leonard Bequest Fund.
Not on view
DescriptionWhen the Japanese were introduced to horseback riding by the Koreans around the fourth century, they adopted a Chinese-style harness. The Japanese-style harness that appeared in the 12th century remained in use until the advent of the Western style in the 19th century. Throughout the Edo period (1603 - 1868) feudal lords (daimyo) and their high-ranking samurai habitually travelled on horseback between Edo, the capital city, and their provincial domains. The daimyo and samurai adorned their horses with lavish ornamentation and accessories to be admired by onlookers as they paraded through the streets of the capital.
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