Bridle ring with ibex/ram and mask

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


Dimensions

Height: 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

30.573

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

This bronze ring, possibly originally part of a horse bridle, is adorned with a crouching ram or ibex, and a mask/head of human figure that wears horns/horned headdress and hair curled at the sides. The metal is characterized by a light green patina.

Provenance

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