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Riding toys, Kehlbehang, saddle pad, saddle, stirrups / ceremonial weapons set consists of broadsword with scabbard, sword with sheath, Pusikan, riding toy with Kehlbehang, saddle pad and saddle with stirrups. Johann Michael (manufacturer), Prague. 1610-1612 (1697 revised). Riding toys (headgear, chest and tail strap): Belt sämischgegerbtes buckskin upholstered in silk velvet ponceaufarbenem. Back covered with leather; Forged Silver, partially gilt, enamelled, set with colored background stones; reins silk, woven, Kehlbehang: brass, gold plated, decorated in gold and silver plate, enamel, set with garnets and other stones; braid of silver threads and Ross hair, saddle cloth: silk velvet, embroidered, lined with linen and sämischgegerbten deerskin lining and saddle ponceaufarbener silk taffeta; Forged silver, gold, enamelled and set with topazes, garnets including stones; saddle with stirrups: saddle tree wood, covered with marbled paper and parchment , also upholstered in leather, linen and camel hair, covered with velvet, relief embroidery with parchment document in application technique, Schnürchenstickerei of silver and gold gossamer; Forged silver, gold-plated, with colored hinterlegtem stone trim; spores: brass, gold plated, decorated in gold and silver plate, enamelled with garnets and other stones. Saddle Length 49 cm Width 39 cm Height 31 cm Weight 720 g each stirrup. L 0001. Armoury. © Dresden State Art Collections 2013

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Pusikan / ceremonial weapons set consists of broadsword with scabbard, sword with sheath, Pusikan, riding toy with Kehlbehang, saddle pad and saddle with stirrups. Johann Michael (manufacturer), Prague. 1610-1612 (1697 revised). Shank Brass, gold plated, partially enamelled and studded with precious stones; impact head rock crystal facet cut. Length 61.3 cm Weight 717 g. Y c 0353. Armoury. © Dresden State Art Collections 2013

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Broadsword with scabbard / ceremonial weapons set consists of broadsword with scabbard, sword with sheath, Pusikan, riding toy with Kehlbehang, saddle pad and saddle with stirrups. Johann Michael (manufacturer), Prague. 1610-1612 (1697 revised). Blade iron, forged, blued, gold and silver inlay, silver gilt vessel, and partly enamelled and set with precious stones, wooden scabbard covered with silver plate, gilt and decorated similarly to the vessel. Broadsword blade Overall length 102.8 cm 86.5 cm 88.6 cm sheath total weight 2754 g. 0353 Y a. Armoury. © Dresden State Art Collections 2013

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Saber with scabbard / ceremonial weapons set consists of broadsword with scabbard, sword with sheath, Pusikan, riding toy with Kehlbehang, saddle pad and saddle with stirrups. Johann Michael (manufacturer), Prague. 1610-1612 (1697 revised). Blade iron, forged, blued, gold and silver inlay, silver gilt vessel, and partly enamelled and set with precious stones, wooden scabbard covered with silver plate, gilt and decorated similarly to the vessel. Saber blade Overall length 97.3 cm 84.3 cm 87.5 cm sheath total weight 2451 g. 0353 Y b. © Dresden State Art Collections 2013

During his stay in Prague on the occasion of the investiture of Jülich, Cleves and Berg Elector Christian II of Saxony in 1610 ordered from serving in the imperial residence goldsmith Johann Michael extensive ceremonial weapons set, which is still one of the most important oriental works of the Turkish fashion in Saxony. By his early death was the Elector not permitted to see the finished set. It was only in 1612 bought his younger brother and successor, Elector Johann Georg I of Saxony, at first only the equipment for the horse (Inv. No. L 0001) and then in 1613, the associated weapons (Inv. No. 353 Y ac) . All parts of the set are fully occupied with colored wire form in flower shape, enameled hardware in the form of crescents, stars and rosettes, as well as with Bohemian garnets, topaz and other stones. Previously, the visual impact of the clothing was probably completely different. Both saddle pad and saddle and riding equipment parts were originally covered with blue velvet. 1697 in preparation for the coronation of Augustus the Strong, King of Poland, these parts of the clothing in Dresden were fundamentally revised, the blue was replaced by red velvet. Only beginning to be seen today was built in relief embroidery application technique.