Blinker from a horse harness

Near Eastern, Anatolian, Urartian
Iron Age
699–600 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: eastern Anatolia

Dimensions

Height x length: 9 x 19 cm (3 9/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1977.489

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

Originally attached to a harness to protect the eye of a chariot horse, this blinker bears an image of animal combat executed in repousse. The central figure, a winged sphinx, is pursued by a bearded winged sphinx wearing a helmet and drawing a bow to shoot. Mate to 1981.83.

Provenance

1977, sold by Mohammed Yeganeh, London, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 9, 1977)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer and William Kelly Simpson