Bronze equine bit with cheek plaques

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


Width: 22.3 cm (8 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Tools and equipment, Animal-related

This bronze equine bit has two flanking square shaped cheek-plaques. Roughly square, ribbed borders enclose a scene depicting a horned human figure with horned headdress and hair curled at sides, shown frontally, between two rampant lions, which shown in profile. Two conventionalized appear birds below. Two central links for a bit with large loops at each plaque end for attachment to bridle. A green patina appears over most surfaces.


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