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Horse and rider

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Groups of small bronze stags and bulls, pierced for suspension, have been found in tombs, where they appear to have been hung from men's belts. Their meaning is unknown, but it is likely that they were gifts to the dead. Other, unpierced figurines, horses and riders (such as this one), chariots,...

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By 1959: with Dariush Broumand, New York, New York; 12 November 1959: purchased by the MFA from Dariush Broumand. (Accession Date: November 12, 1959)

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Seth K. Sweetser Fund

Near Eastern, Iranian, Iron Age, 10th–9th century B.C.


Overall: 5.1 cm (2 in.)

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The Ancient World