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Wheel-shaped bridle ring with ibex/ram and lions

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This bronze ring, possibly from a horse bridle, comprises a stylized scene around a central, wheel-like loop. The central figure at the top is an ibex/ram head with prominent, exaggerated horns that curve outward to form two additional nearly ring-like spaces. Flanking the central loop and...

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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.


Height: 7.7 cm (3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related