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Cheek plate from a bit

Bit, cheek-plaques in the form of two bulls, facing away from each other, (only front half of animal represented); squared bar, flattened and rolled at ends. Dark bronze, green patina. Bar is bent.


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

Near Easterm, Iranian, Luristan, Iron Age, 10th–9th century B.C.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related