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Element from a horse harness

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Horse harness element in the form of a seated man wearing a high-peaked hat. Used to secure the crossing straps of a horse's headstall. The bearded man wears the costume of the Asian steppe dweller, including long, baggy trousers, long-sleeved shirt, and helmet.


By date unknown: Henri Seyrig Collection; September 21, 1982: Basel, Münzen und Medaillen AG sale 60, no 94; (sold to?) Gawain McKinley, New York; 1983: purchased by the MFA from Mr. McKinley. (Accession date: December 7, 1983)

Credit Line

Morris and Louise Rosenthal Fund and Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund

Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian, Parthian, 249 B.C.–A.D. 224

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 130.


Height x width: 4 x 2.5 cm (1 9/16 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related