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Horse harness ornament

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Silver horse bridle ornament. Lion's head in high repoussé relief. Three holes for attachment to flat surface. Nose crushed. Slightly corroded. The lion represented Apedemak the lion-headed god of war of Meroe. See 24.1057-1064.


From Meroe, Pyramid Beg. N. 18. 1921: excavated by the Harvard University - Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1924: assigned to the MFA by the Government of the Sudan

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, reign of Amanikhatashan, A.D. 62–85

Object Place for Label

Meroe, Nubia, Sudan


Height: 3.4 cm (1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related