Horse Gear



Location: On Display in the Middle East Galleries

From: Iran | Luristan Province

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number 30-38-11
Current Location Middle East Galleries - On Display
Provenience Iran | Luristan Province
Section Near Eastern
Materials Bronze
Iconography Horse

Horse passant. Bristling mane. Head elongated into a snout. collar with bell. Body incised with rosettes and straight lines. Rings of spikes Bit is rounded piece bent in center. As 30-38-12.

Legrain publication: "Bronze horse-bit. The horses on the cheek pieces are in the form of horses passant. They have short ears, long noses and tails, a bristling mane, and a collar with a bell. Their body is incised with rosettes and straight lines. The bit is a rounded piece bent in the middle. Rings and spikes as usual. Bit 211 x 10 mm. Horses 125 x 92 mm."

Man and Animals: "8-7c BCE. L. 21.1 cm W. 1.0 cm. Bits of this type were found in graves in some of the cemeteries of Luristan in the central Zagros region of Iran. They usually have cheekpieces, in the form of real or imaginary animals, that sometimes have short prongs on the inside to help control the reaction of the horse. This type of bit is typical of this region, while snaffle or linked bits occur further north."

Length 12.6 cm
Width 9.2 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Arthur Upham Pope, 1930

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