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Ceremonial saddle and stirrups. Detail of the wooden horse of Troy

Milanese armourer1550/1575

Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana
Milano, Italy

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This sumptuous ceremonial saddle, complete with its two stirrups, bears chased images of the first and last episodes of the war of Troy: the rape of Helen and the famous wooden horse of Troy, with the burning of the city. The two stirrups are also decorated with male and female figures. These artefacts are examples of the art of armoury for high-ranking patrons as it developed in Milan during the second half of the sixteenth century.

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  • Title: Ceremonial saddle and stirrups. Detail of the wooden horse of Troy
  • Creator: Milanese armourer
  • Date Created: 1550/1575
  • Type: Object
  • Medium: Embossed steel, gold and silver
  • Art Form: Object
  • Depicted Topic: armour, handcrafts, Milan

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