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Bronze equine bit with cheek plaques

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This bronze equine bit has two flanking square shaped cheek-plaques. Roughly square, ribbed borders enclose a scene depicting a horned human figure with horned headdress and hair curled at sides, shown frontally, between two rampant lions, which shown in profile. Two conventionalized appear...

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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.

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Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

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


Width: 22.3 cm (8 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related