Tibetan Crupper

This Crupper was on the Tibetan saddle to be found under ‘Saddles’. It is beautifully inlaid with brass and the plates have then been attached to the leather. The decoration suggests that they too were made in China and imported and fixed onto the leather in Tibet. There is considerable wear on the leather which suggests age, probably 200 years. The Crupper must have been passed through the family and would not have been a cheap item to acquire or make. It is very impressive and cleaned up really sparkles.

Provenance unknown. Purchased from Crows Auction House, Dorking 2012