Bridle ring with ibex/ram and lion

Near Eastern, Iranian, Luristan
Iron Age
7th–4th century B.C.


Height: 7.9 cm (3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This bronze ring, possibly from a horse bridle, comprises a stylized scene around a central loop. The central component at top is a well modelled ibex/ram head, oriented frontally, with prominent, outwardly curving horns. To its proper right a small lion, depicted in full profile, bites at its ear while seemingly clinging to the loop. The metal shows a light green patina. The object has a concealed loop at back for attachment.


From Luristan, 1930: purchased by the MFA through Mr. Upham Pope.*
(Accession date: August 7, 1930)

*Ninety-five objects, numbered 30.544-30.637 were purchased as a group for $15,000, plus a $2250 commission.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund