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Bronze bridle ornaments

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Bridle ornament in the form of an ibex. Such objects 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...

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1972, sold by Richard R. Wagner (b. 1907 - d. 2002), West Barnstable, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 11, 1972)

Credit Line

Mary L. Smith Fund

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


3.2 x 2.4 cm (1 1/4 x 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related