Artifact of the Day
Italy (first half of the 1600s)
Steel, with modern chrome leather. For left foot. Consists of "U"-shaped heel-plate whose rounded terminals are fitted with floral studs (restored ?) for leathers & shank of tongued buckle on outer branch. Exterior of heel-plate carved with reliefs of horsemen in combat. Short, angled neck carved with grotesque beast & horsemen, having rowel box for 6-pointed rowel. This is pierced with shield-shaped perforations, producing near-fleur-de-lis effect at each point.