Horse's collar with winged sphinxes

Near Eastern, Anatolian, Urartian
Iron Age
late 9th to 7th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: eastern Anatolia


33.02 x 6.35 x 58.42 cm (13 x 2 1/2 x 23 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World



Bronze horse’s collar decorated with winged sphinxes. The collar is composed of two pieces, hinged at the top and designed to fit around the upper part of the horse’s neck. It would have served as the anchor for the headstall, which fastened to it behind the horse’s ears.


By 1975, Mohammad Yeganeh (dealer; b. 1929 - d. 2012), London; 1976, sold by Mohammad Yeganeh to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 14, 1976)

NOTE: Said at the time of the acquisition to be from a large tomb in eastern Anatolia.

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund