Chinese Bronze stirrup identification help

Dec 2019
2
Wisconsin
Hello,
I have a bronze/brass Chinese stirrup that I would like to know more about. I acquired it at an estate sale about 10 years ago.
I cannot find any markings on the piece, so any input would be greatly appreciated. The previous owner appears to have polished
some of the underside to see the metal I would guess.

Thank you,
Dave

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AlpinLuke

Forum Staff
Oct 2011
27,406
Italy, Lago Maggiore
At first sight, they look Mongolian. If original, from XIII - XIV century CE.
 
Dec 2019
2
Wisconsin
At first sight, they look Mongolian. If original, from XIII - XIV century CE.
Thank you for the information. I assume it would be very difficult through these photos to determine if it is original. What might I look for...patina, wear in areas one might expect to see it?
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AlpinLuke

Forum Staff
Oct 2011
27,406
Italy, Lago Maggiore
Modern cheaper bronze contains too much silicone and this generates a diluted, weak color on the surface of the patina [silver-grey undertone can be observed]. It's very difficult to obtain a chemical fake ancient patina, but you need a trained eye. Looking at the pictures, my impression is that there is no fake patina. Anyway pictures are pictures, what I can suggest you is to go to a museum to observe medieval bronze objects to make a first visual comparison.