ANCIENT PAKISTAN pair of stirrups


PAKISTAN, NORTHWEST FRONTIER, Barikot, HEPHTHALITE-TURK?, pair of stirrups, circa 500 – 900 AD, iron, each is about 175x140mm, each is about 290g, rust is flaking and needs to be stabilized, otherwise intact,

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Alexander the Great did not have stirrups, they hadn’t been invented yet. With stirrups you could use a spear while riding a horse. The Scythians had stirrups, as did the later Greeks. So about 200 BC is the starting dates for stirrups. There is nothing about this pair that could narrow the time frame during which they might have been made.

The Hephthalites were the eastern component of the people who, in Europe, were called “Huns.” They are sometimes referred to as “White Huns.” Some of the Hephthalite coins of Afghanistan-Pakistan region have the word “HONO” on them. On the other hand, there is a faction amongst the historians who claim that we really have no idea who any of those people were, let alone if they were related to each other. There seems to be a general feeling that the Huns, or the Hephthalites, or the people the Chinese called Xiong Nu, and other scholars called “Chionites,” were more Iranic than Turkic. Their art often displays mean-looking male human faces with moustaches, and tends toward slapdashery in execution. Apparently what they did best was what they were known for: war and pillage.

Over the decades I’ve been selling collectibles my market has been about 97% coins, 2% paper money, 1% everything else.