Bridle ornament in the shape of a griffin
Near Eastern, Iranian, Scythian
7th–6th century B.C.
Height: 2.5 cm (1 in.); Diameter of opening: 1.7 cm; width at beak 2.5 cm
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
Bridle ornaments such as this fastened the crossing cheekstraps of horses’ headstalls.
The style of the birds and animals is closely related to the art of the Russian steppe, suggesting that these objects were used or inspired by the Cimmerians or Scythians, south Russian tribes that invaded Anatolia and Northwestern Iran during the seventh century BC.
By 1970: Richard R. Wagner; given to the MFA by Mr. Wagner November 10, 1970.
(Accession date: November 10, 1970)
Gift of Richard R. Wagner