Element from a horse harness
Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian
249 B.C.–A.D. 224
Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 130.
Height x width: 4 x 2.5 cm (1 9/16 x 1 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
Horse harness element in the form of a seated man wearing a high-peaked hat. Used to secure the crossing straps of a horse’s headstall. The bearded man wears the costume of the Asian steppe dweller, including long, baggy trousers, long-sleeved shirt, and helmet.
By date unknown: Henri Seyrig Collection; September 21, 1982: Basel, Münzen und Medaillen AG sale 60, no 94; (sold to?) Gawain McKinley, New York; 1983: purchased by the MFA from Mr. McKinley.
(Accession date: December 7, 1983)
Morris and Louise Rosenthal Fund and Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund