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Bridle ring with two crouching lions

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This bronze bridle ring is comprised of a central loop with three primary decorative elements. It is topped by a grotesque mask with a horned headdress, which is flanked by two crouching lions, each of which tugs on an ear of the mask. There is a concealed loop for attachment. The metal shows...

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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 Eastern, Iranian, Luristan, Iron Age, 7th–4th century B.C.


Height: 7.4 cm (2 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related