Object of the Month – February

Golden saddle with deer decoration, gold, 13th century, Inner Mongolia Museum

Golden saddle with deer decoration, gold, 13th century, Inner Mongolia Museum

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.

Learn about the Mongol’s development and use of the saddle in our exhibition Genghis: Rise of the Mongol Khans which will tour from December 2016. To view the illustrated exhibition book please contact us at info@nomadexhibitions.com. Full exhibition collection announced May 2016.

David Roberts