Bronze bridle ornaments
Near Eastern, Iranian, Scythian
7th–6th century B.C.
Legacy dimension: 29 x 25 x 15.5 cm
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
Bridle ornament in the form of an ibex. Such objects 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.
By 1971: with Charles D. Kelekian; 1971: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Kelekian, 10 November 1971.
(Accession date: November 10, 1971)
Otis Norcross Fund