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


Width x Diameter: 19.4 x 11.5 cm (7 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This bronze equine bit has cheek-plaques of wheel-like shape. The central bar is squared, flattening towards the opposing plaques and rolling at each end to form links. Each side plaque has ten “spokes” with concealed loops and pegs for harness on the interior sides. Light and dark green patina and small areas of blue characterize the metal. One wheel is slightly bent.


By 1930, acquired in Iran, probably by Ayoub Rabenou, Paris; 1930, sold by Rabenou, through Arthur Upham Pope (b. 1881 - d. 1969), Paris, to the MFA [see note]. (Accession Date: August 7, 1930)

NOTE: MFA accession nos. 30.544-30.637 were purchased from Arthur Upham Pope for $15,000, plus a $2250 commission. According to Pope, the majority of the group belonged to Rabenou.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund