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Ancient Bronze Horse Bit from Luristan

Luristan was in the west of what is now Iran. There was a strong equestrian tradition in the region.
Many horse bits have been found associated with burials. The bits are bronze, made using the "lost wax" process of casting. Most date from 700 to 1000 BC.

This example has geometric cheekpieces. Each cheekpiece has four small spikes on its inner surface. There is a straight square section mouthpiece which passes through each chhekpiece.
At each end of the mouthpiece, the metal has been worked into an open scroll for attachment of the reins.

Mouthpiece 21.5cm (8½") including loops
Cheeks 10cm (4") long x 3.9cm (1½") wide

Ref : Bit255

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