Horse bit cheekpieces with sheep attacked by a lion - ROM2007_9211_1

ROM2007_9211_1

Horse bit cheekpieces with sheep attacked by a lion

Medium:Bronze (lost-wax cast)
Geography: Luristan region, western Iran
Date: c. 900-700 BC
Period: Iron Age
Dimensions:
13.9 x 10.1 x 2.8 cm
Object number: 950.192.1
On view
Gallery Location:Wirth Gallery of the Middle East
DescriptionIran has been inhabited for thousands of years by people who pasture their animals in mountain reaches, often moving by season, on horse. In the western mountains of Iran, the current pastoralists are Lurs, because of the Persian dialect they speak. Collectors have dubbed the predominantly bronze artwork dug from ancient graves in the area as "Luristan bronzes." This object is one of a pair of horse-bit cheek pieces and part of the bridle to which the reigns would be attached. The piece depicts a wild goat attacked by a feline.
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