AUD $1,950.00

Turkoman, Painted Wooden Saddle.

Here’s a polychrome wooden horse saddle from Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan.
The wood has been painted and overall golden Ivory Cream, inlaid with carved bone (both decorative and reinforcing, at points of wear) with traces of green, orange, white and black floral detailing.
The hard wooden saddle with its high pommel, was designed to take the wound reins as the rider stood in his stirrups with his hands free. This allowed him to shoot arrows whilst gallopping, even turning to shoot backwards, when doing the classic Mongol “feigned retreat” manouvre that won so many battles against much larger armies.
It wouldn’t have been very comfortable for either horse or rider, but comes from a culture geared towards weaving and felting so saddle cloths would be well made, although it’s said the Tatars put meat under their saddles to tenderize it (Steak Tatare !)
The metal rings and fittings have a very hand forged beaten feel and have now acquired a dark patina with very little rust evident.
There is a good example of one of these saddles illustrated in “Central Asian Art” A polychrome wooden saddle in Bukhara Museum, however it’s in better condition and listed as circa 1930’s.

For the Turkoman Horse Breeder or Museum, this piece is showing its age, and has some (15%) of its bone missing, but is very authentic and quite evocative.
There is a section of paint and about 15 cm of bone missing on one side of the pommel but turned the other way it’s not visible.

Careful washing with damp cotton wool may remove a lot of the excess dust that has built up, but keep replacing the wool to lift the dust, not just spread it.

Age: Late 19 th or Early 20 th Century.

Size: L 420 mm x W 370 nn X H 290 mm

Weight: grams (that’s kilograms.)