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Blinker from a horse harness

Originally attached to a harness to protect the eye of a chariot horse, this blinker bears an image of animal combat executed in repousse. The central figure, a winged sphinx, is pursued by a bearded winged sphinx wearing a helmet and drawing a bow to shoot. Mate to 1981.83.


1977, sold by Mohammed Yeganeh, London, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 9, 1977)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer and William Kelly Simpson

Near Eastern, Anatolian, Urartian, Iron Age, 699–600 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

eastern Anatolia

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related