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Stirrups with hexagonal floral design
Place of Origin: Japan, Hino, Goshu province
Date: 1615-1868
Materials: Iron with silver inlay and lacquer
Dimensions: H. 10 5/8 in x W. 4 3/4 in x L. 11 in, H. 27 cm x W. 12.1 cm x L. 27.9 cm
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Department: Japanese Art
Collection: Metal Arts
Object Number: B69M51
On Display: No

Description

Label: The pair of stirrups is inlaid in silver with linked hexagons, each containing a floral motif. The interior is red lacquer. From the signature we know that these stirrups were made by the artisan Iijima Seizaemon of Hino in Goshu (what is now Shiga prefecture). Only high-ranking samurai could ride horses in the Edo period. Beautiful stirrups were a sign of the owner's privileged position.

More Information

Exhibition History: "The Great Japanese Metal Arts: From Swords to Ploughshares" (in commemoration of the signing of the peace treaty), SFO Museum, 7/2001 - 1/2002
Lords of the Samurai: The Legacy of a Daimyo Family, 6/12/2009-9/20/2009
Label: The pair of stirrups is inlaid in silver with linked hexagons, each containing a floral motif. The interior is red lacquer. From the signature we know that these stirrups were made by the artisan Iijima Seizaemon of Hino in Goshu (what is now Shiga prefecture). Only high-ranking samurai could ride horses in the Edo period. Beautiful stirrups were a sign of the owner's privileged position.
Exhibition History: "The Great Japanese Metal Arts: From Swords to Ploughshares" (in commemoration of the signing of the peace treaty), SFO Museum, 7/2001 - 1/2002
Lords of the Samurai: The Legacy of a Daimyo Family, 6/12/2009-9/20/2009