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Bronze horse bit

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This object is one side panel of a bronze horse bit. It depicts a stylized quadruped, likely either a long-necked donkey or horse. A hole in the center would have housed one side of a rod, while points of attachment of other bridle elements appear at top in the form of three bronze arcs. Subtle...

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By 1944: with Charles L. Morley; 1944: purchased by the MFA for $150. (Accession Date: March 6, 1944)

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund

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


Height x width: 8.7 x 14.3 cm (3 7/16 x 5 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related