Roundel from a horse harness
Near Eastern, Anatolian, Urartian
Early Iron Age
10th–9th century B.C.
Place of Manufacture: eastern Anatolia
Diameter: 25 cm
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
Disk-shaped ornament from a chariot horse’s harness, a companion to 1980.276. In the central boss, the storm god Teisheba carrying a bow, emerging from a winged ring and standing on a bull. First and third concentric registers decorated with rows of fantastic winged animals: sphinxes, bulls, goats, griffons, dragons.
Once broken in half; now mended and strengthened with fiberglass.
1980, sold by Mohammad Yeganeh (dealer; b. 1929 - d. 2012), Frankfurt, to the MFA [see note]. (Accession Date: September 1, 1980)
NOTE: MFA accession nos. 1980.276 and 1980.277, and 1981.25 were said to have been found together in the Lake Van region of eastern Anatolia (tomb of Ishpuini?).
Egyptian Special Purchase Fund