Bronze equine bit with cheek plaques

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


Width: 17.9 cm (7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Tools and equipment, Animal-related

This equine bit of bronze has two cheek-plaques each cast in the form of a winged, quadrupedal creature with with human face with curled hair, bull’s horns, and lion’s paws. Rosettes appear on the body. A cylindrical central bar forms the bit, which flattens and curls at the link through the side plaques. The metal is heavily patinated.


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