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19th C. Hand Carved Tibetan Antique Iron Horse Stirrups. Heavy well carved. Notice the dragon.
Older Stirrups, 19th C. were usually made of iron, often quite a bit bulkier and heavy. The stirrups of the 20th C. tend to be steel, sleek, simple and mass produced. You can tell an older pair by the weight and workmanship. Like all things old from Tibet, they will be decorative. If a pair were crafted for the richest, the details tended to be refined and polished stones may have been inlaid. Honestly in all my travels in Tibet I have never seen the true article. Seen reproductions that looked so. What I have gotten are stirrups made for the commoner, made by someone crafted. You can see dragon motifs climbing the arch.