This rectangular bronze ornament is decorated in repoussé relief with a lion bounding to right, symbolizing Apedemak, the lion-headed war god of Meroe. It was once attached to a bridle for a royal horse.
From Meroe, Pyramid Beg. N. 18 (tomb of Queen Amanikhatashan). 1921: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession date: March 23, 1924)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition