Ancient Persian Bronze Horsebit

Ancient Persian Bronze Horsebit

Item Number: 9814

$650.00

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Period: 8th - late 7th BCE
Dimensions: 4 3/4" (12.5 cm) wide x 3 7/16" (8 .5 cm) tall, mount 7" (17.5cm) x 8" (20.5 cm)
Material: Bronze
Condition: Excellent, this piece represents one half of a complete horsebit which would have had a cross-bar as well.
Region: Luristan
Provenance: From an old French collection
Description
A beautiful right side of a Luristan bronze horse bit very effectively mounted on a red lacquered wooden background. The horse strides right with alert perked ears. One loop on neck, one loop on back for the cheek straps. The people of Luristan lived in the mountainous Zagros region of Persia. They were highly skilled bronze workers who adorned their zoomorphic cheekpieces with wonderful depictions. We know very little about them as scholarship has had difficulty in that region. Ref. See very similar piece in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland. "Art of the Ancient Near and Middle East", Carel J. DuRy, Holle Verlag GMBH, Baden-Baden, 1969, p. 128. Also a very similar looking piece can be found in "Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Adam Collection", P.R.S. Moorey, Faber & Faber, London, England, 1974, p.74.

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