Equine head ornament

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


Height: 5.3 cm (2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Tools and equipment, Animal-related

This bronze equine head ornament is fashioned as a two-panelled band surmounted by three ibexes/rams, shown frontally and flanked by profiles of legs. These three animal figures are flanked at the extreme sides of the band by masks of a human-like figure with horned headdress. Towards the side ends of the band’s panels, stylized ducks’ heads have been rendered. Many surfaces show a green patina.


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