Horse head mirror handle

Near Eastern, Anatolian, Urartian
Late Iron Age
about 8th–7th century B.C.

Object Place: Anatolia


Height x width: 6 x 6.5 cm (2 3/8 x 2 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

This bronze mirror handle is in the form of two horse heads, facing outwards from opposing sides of a central handle element that has features resembling a stylized face. Two strips of Incised, hatched line decoration have been applied to each of the horses’ necks, likely indicating bridles. Similar line decoration forms a triangle on the central component of the handle.


1977, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Wagner, West Barnstable, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 5, 1977)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Wagner