AN EQUESTRIAN TREASURE FROM THE EMPIRE OF THE MONGOLS
This carefully crafted, Mongol-empire saddle was one of the many extraordinary objects presented to the Nomad team during our collection visit to Inner Mongolia Museum earlier this month. The Mongols taught both males and females to ride horses and shoot a bow and arrow while galloping at full speed from a very young age. Saddles would have provided a sturdy seat from which to release arrows. This beautifully embellished saddle has been decorated with deer patterns and flowers using Chui-die technology. The style of the design suggests that this saddle was created for use by a Mongolian noblewoman.