Object Title

Stirrup

Stirrup

Date

900-999

Object Number

VI.128

Provenance

Said to have been found in the river Thames at an unspecified date

Physical Description

Of iron and corroded. Arched sides of triangular section with a round knop at the top surmounted by a large rectangular loop. The sides have projections at the base, beyond which they widen abruptly to meet the tread, projecting below it. The tread is formed of a flat, slightly upward curved plate. The outer surfaces are decorated with a pattern of scrolls inlaid in brass.

Dimensions

Weight: 425 g (15 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

none

Associations

Places Europe

Bibliographic References

C. Paggiarino, The Royal Armouries, masterpieces of medieval and renaissance arms and armour, Milan, 2011, volume 1

R E Mortimer Wheeler, London and the Vikings, London, 1927, pp. 38-41, fig. 17 (catalogued as no B.327)

W Seaby, P Woodfield, 'Viking stirrups from England and their background' Medieval Archaeology 24, 1980, no. 25, p. 115-6, fig. 8 (called B.327 following Wheeler)