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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World



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?).

Credit Line

Egyptian Special Purchase Fund