Horse head mirror handle

Near Eastern, Anatolian, Urartian
Late Iron Age
about 8th–7th century B.C.


Object Place: Anatolia

Dimensions

Height x width: 6 x 6.5 cm (2 3/8 x 2 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1977.851

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

This bronze mirror handle is in the form of two horse heads, facing outwards from opposing sides of a central handle element that has features resembling a stylized face. Two strips of Incised, hatched line decoration have been applied to each of the horses’ necks, likely indicating bridles. Similar line decoration forms a triangle on the central component of the handle.

Provenance

1977, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Wagner, West Barnstable, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 5, 1977)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Wagner