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 figural cheekpieces. Each depicts a figure standing on the back of a goat / deer and holding onto one of its horns. There is a straight square section mouthpiece which passes through each chhekpiece. This has been shortened
At each end of the mouthpiece, the metal has been worked into an open scroll for attachment of the reins, one of these scrolls is not original.

Mouthpiece 12.5cm (5") including loops
Cheeks 15cm (6") long x 14cm (5½") wide

Ref : Bit328

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