Bridle ornament

Nubian
Meroitic Period, reign of Amanikhastashan
A.D. 62–85


Dimensions

Length: 4.3 cm (1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.1062

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

This rectangular bronze ornament is decorated in repoussé relief with a lion bounding to right, symbolizing Apedemak, the lion-headed war god of Meroe. It was once attached to a bridle for a royal horse.

Provenance

From Meroe, Pyramid Beg. N. 18 (tomb of Queen Amanikhatashan). 1921: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

(Accession date: March 23, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition