Bridle ornament in the shape of a griffin

Near Eastern, Iranian, Scythian
Iron Age
7th–6th century B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 2.5 cm (1 in.); Diameter of opening: 1.7 cm; width at beak 2.5 cm

Accession Number

1970.512

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

Bridle ornaments such as this fastened the crossing cheekstraps of horses’ headstalls.

The style of the birds and animals is closely related to the art of the Russian steppe, suggesting that these objects were used or inspired by the Cimmerians or Scythians, south Russian tribes that invaded Anatolia and Northwestern Iran during the seventh century BC.

Provenance

By 1970: Richard R. Wagner; given to the MFA by Mr. Wagner November 10, 1970.
(Accession date: November 10, 1970)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard R. Wagner