Horse fittings, silver
Turkey; 13th century
Diam of lion medallions: 10 cm
There was a great deal of prestige in the equipment used by a mounted warrior or great man and his horse, which is why much care was taken in most cultures in making weapons, armor, and riding tack.
These ornaments were sewn onto the horse’s harness or caparison, since they were not sturdy enough to serve as links between the various leather straps. The long piece probably sat over the horse’s rump.
Confronted animals like these lions in medallions are found on contemporary mirrors and textiles. The silver coins struck by Kay Khusraw II, sultan of the Seljuks of Rum (1237-1246), feature a single related lion passant and a sun symbol.
Inv. no. 3/1976
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