Hegira c. 957–957 / AD c. 1550
Wood, parchment, lacquer painting, thick brown felt, deer leather
This saddle comprises a wooden base covered with leather cushions and semi-circular saddle-bags. Note the elaborate lacquer painting: intertwined gold vines and blue flowers and red carnations on a black ground, and red-gold Chinese cloud motifs. In the 16th century this Oriental saddle was at Ambras Castle near Innsbruck and was probably part of the Turkish booty bought back by Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol (1529–1595) in 1556.
"Oriental saddle" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;at;Mus22;23;en&id=leatherwork
MWNF Working Number: AT2 23