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Bridle ornament in the shape of a griffin

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Bridle ornaments such as this fastened the crossing cheekstraps of horses' headstalls. The style of the birds and animals is closely related to the art of the Russian steppe, suggesting that these objects were used or inspired by the Cimmerians or Scythians, south Russian tribes that invaded...

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By 1970: Richard R. Wagner; given to the MFA by Mr. Wagner November 10, 1970. (Accession date: November 10, 1970)

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Gift of Richard R. Wagner

Near Eastern, Iranian, Scythian, Iron Age, 7th–6th century B.C.


Height: 2.5 cm (1 in.); Diameter of opening: 1.7 cm; width at beak 2.5 cm

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related