Bridle ornament

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


Dimensions

Length: 4.4 cm (1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

24.1063

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

This rectangular bronze horse bridle ornament is decorated in repoussé relief with a figure of a lion bounding to left, symbolizing Apedemak, the lion-headed war god of Meroe.

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