Dating: 18th century
Material: Silk, Sequins, Metal & Paper
Dimensions (cm): 141 x 156
Inv. no.: PD1121
Horse covers were already used in ancient Assyria (modern northern Iraq) at around 700 AD. They were commonly decorated and were attached by a strap or a rope to protect the rider.
Later on, saddle-cloths became equestrian apparatus used by people of high social status.
The saddle-cloth is “the cloth that covers the horse saddle when the prince or nobleman dismounts.” (Bluteau, VIII, 1721)