Bronze bridle ornaments

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


Dimensions

3.2 x 2.4 cm (1 1/4 x 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1972.924

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

Asia, 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

1972, sold by Richard R. Wagner (b. 1907 - d. 2002), West Barnstable, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 11, 1972)

Credit Line

Mary L. Smith Fund