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Bronze equine bit with cheek plaques

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This equine bit of bronze has two cheek-plaques each cast in the form of a winged, quadrupedal creature with with human face with curled hair, bull's horns, and lion's paws. Rosettes appear on the body. A cylindrical central bar forms the bit, which flattens and curls at the link through the...

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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.


Width: 17.9 cm (7 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related