Bronze bridle ornaments

Near Eastern, Iranian, Scythian
Iron Age
7th–6th century B.C.


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: 29 x 25 x 15.5 cm

Accession Number

1971.401

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

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.

Provenance

By 1971: with Charles D. Kelekian; 1971: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Kelekian, 10 November 1971.
(Accession date: November 10, 1971)

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund