Wheel-shaped bridle ring with ibex/ram and lions

Near Eastern, Iranian, Luristan
Iron Age
7th–4th century B.C.


Height: 7.7 cm (3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This bronze ring, possibly from a horse bridle, comprises a stylized scene around a central, wheel-like loop. The central figure at the top is an ibex/ram head with prominent, exaggerated horns that curve outward to form two additional nearly ring-like spaces. Flanking the central loop and connected to the terminal ends of the ibex/ram horns are two crouching lions with curling tails and legs/paws wrapping around the sides of the wheel. They are rendered fully in profile. The metal shows a light green patina on some areas. The object has a concealed loop for attachment.


From Luristan, 1930: purchased by the MFA through Mr. Upham Pope.*
(Accession date: August 7, 1930)

*Ninety-five objects, numbered 30.544-30.637 were purchased as a group for $15,000, plus a $2250 commission.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund