Element from a horse harness

Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian
Parthian
249 B.C.–A.D. 224


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 130.

Dimensions

Height x width: 4 x 2.5 cm (1 9/16 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

1983.504

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Morris and Louise Rosenthal Fund and Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund