Bronze equine bit with cheek plaques
Near Eastern, Iranian, Luristan
7th–4th century B.C.
Width: 18.7 cm (7 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
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This bronze equine bit has two cheek-plaques each cast in the form of a gazelle-like quadruped with hooves, pointed ears and forelock or horn. A central bit, square in section, flattens at its ends and rolls to provide a link to the opposing plaques. A green patina appears on most surfaces. Some beige incrustations adhere to some areas as well.
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.
Maria Antoinette Evans Fund