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Bridle ornament

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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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, reign of Amanikhastashan, A.D. 62–85

Object Place for Label

Meroe, Nubia, Sudan


Length: 4.3 cm (1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related