Bronze Luristan Master of Animals Horse Bit - 700 BC

A rare ancient Luristan bronze cheek-piece from a horse bit, produced around the early 1st Millennium BC.

Depicting a horned god or shaman, flanked by two winged mythical creatures, their jaws wide open as the figure grasps the creatures by their forearms. Luristan horse bits are often quite artistic objects, the cheek pieces often displaying horned animals and occasionally gods. This is a particularly ingenious and ambitious example, the central "belly" of the god being the insertion point for the bronze bar that would have formed the bit. A powerful and artistic example of Near Eastern Iron age art.

For a similar example, currently at the Cleveland Museum of Art, please see the following link.

Bronze Luristan Master of Animals Horse Bit - 700 BC. A rare ancient Luristan bronze cheek-piece from a horse bit, produced around the early 1st Millennium BC. Depicting a horned god or shaman, flanked by two winged mythical creatures, their jaws wide open as the figure grasps the creatures by their forearms. Luristan horse bits are often quite artistic objects, the cheek pieces often displaying horned animals and occasionally gods. This is a particularly ingenious and ambitious example, the central "belly" of the god being the insertion point for the bronze bar that would have formed the bit. A powerful and artistic example of Near Eastern Iron age art. For a similar example, currently at the Cleveland Museum of Art, please see the following link.

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