Bridle ring with ibex/ram and lions

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


Height: 8.8 cm (3 7/16 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 an ibex/ram head with prominent, exaggerated horns that almost form two additional ring-like spaces. Flanking the central loop and connected to the ibex/ram horns are two lions with curling tails, rendered fully in profile as though clinging to the sides of the loop. The metal shows a light green patina. The object has a concealed loop 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