Bridle ring with two crouching lions

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


Height: 7.4 cm (2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Tools and equipment, Animal-related

This bronze bridle ring is comprised of a central loop with three primary decorative elements. It is topped by a grotesque mask with a horned headdress, which is flanked by two crouching lions, each of which tugs on an ear of the mask. There is a concealed loop for attachment. The metal shows a green, flaking patina.


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