BRIDLE ELEMENTS:
NEAR EAST AND
EARLY NOMADS OF EURASIA

 

283   ASSYRIAN BRONZE HORSE FRONTLET
         VII century B.C.
Sheet bronze frontlet, covering from forehead to nose with segments cut out from sides for eyes. Two attachment loops ( at the top and at the center on the reverse side) with two rivets for each loop. 
L.13.4"(34 cm), W. 10.1"(25.7 cm). 
$ 1250

 

 

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284   ASSYRIAN BRONZE HORSE FRONTLET
         VII
century B.C.
Sheet bronze frontlet, covering from forehead to nose with segments cut out from sides. Numeric concentric circles with raised central boss inscribed  in forehead section. Below, three columns of concentric circles with raised dots in the center of each. Two attachment loops ( at the top and at the center on the reverse side) with two rivets for each loop. 
L. 13" (33.2cm),  W. 5"(12.7 cm).
$ 1250

 

 

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385   CIMMERIAN BRONZE BRIDLE
         VIII
century B.C.
Each side of  the snaffle bit was cast as a single unit with double rings at the ends. The outer with free moving disk termination to which the cheek-straps were attached. Pair of blade-type cheekpiece (psalia) with three rings and terminated by horizontal disk. Lunate plaque with five discs and two termination volutes. Both plagues have horizontal loops on the back. 
L. 8"(20.3 cm) for mouth-bit.
See: Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg. 15, fig. 12.
$ 3000

 

 

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938   BRONZE BRIDLE BITS
         VIII
century B.C.
Cast as one piece. Round interlocking center rings in perpendicular planes to each other. Corrugated bars are shown as spirally wound wire and terminated on each end with stirrup-shaped loops. Central part is movable.  
L. 6.6"(16.8 cm)
See: Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg. 40, fig. 15.
$ 700

 

 

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410   PAIR OF BRONZE AND IRON CHEEKPIECES
         VII-VI
century B.C.
Complicated metallurgical workmanship combining iron and bronze. Figure "8"-shaped central iron parts with two opening for attachment to bits and bridle. The rest of "S"-shaped cheekpieces  are in bronze, with round cross-sections and semi-spherical terminations. Both are broken in the center and mended. L. 4. 9"(12.4 cm).
See: Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg. 40
$ 600

 

 

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1002   BRONZE CHEEKPIECE
           NORTHWESTERN IRAN
           VII
century B.C.
Cast bronze. Arc-shaped cheekpiece (psalia) with three ribbed cylindrical rings. One end is pointed, the other is in the form of a naturalistically modeled horse's leg with hoof. Intact. 

L. 4. 6"(11.6 cm).

See: Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg. 16, fig.13; Mahortih S.V. Scythians of Northern Caucasus. Kiev, 1991, p.70, fig.14.   
$450

 

 

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1003   SCYTHIAN BRONZE CHEEKPIECE
           IV
century B.C.
Cast bronze. Fragment of a cheekpiece (psalia). Depicting stylized foot of bird of prey, with prominent knuckles and claws. One opening in the middle of cheekpiece
for attachment to bits and bridle
L. 2. 3"(6 cm).
For complete cheekpiece see:
B. Piotrovsky. Scythian Art. Aurora Art Publishers, Leningrad, 1986, cat. # 230.
$275

 

 

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981   BRONZE STRAP FINALS
         VI-V
century B.C.
Cast bronze. Part of a horse bridle (pair of strap finals). Truncated cone with conical opening. 
H. 1.1cm, D. 1.6 cm.
 
See: Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg. 109, fig. 12.
$ 125

 

 

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979   BRONZE BRIDLE ELEMENTS
         VI-V
century B.C.
Cast bronze.  Four half-sphere loops with convex shields. 
L. 11 mm, H. 11 mm.
 
See: Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg. 40 fig. 21, pg. 109, pg. 127 fig. 22..
$ 150

 

 

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978   BRONZE BRIDLE ELEMENTS
         VI-III
century B.C.
Cast bronze.  1) Part of a horse bridle (strap final). Truncated cone with conical opening. H. 1.4 cm, D. 1.3 cm.
 2) Half-sphere loop with convex-shaped  domed center and fringed perimeter. L. 1.1 cm, W. 1.6 cm. 3) Hemispherical shield with diametrical loop. H. 0.6 cm, D. 1.2 cm.
See: Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg. 109 fig. 12.
$ 125

 

 

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980   BRONZE BRIDLE STRAP GUIDES
         VII -VI
century B.C.
Cast bronze.  1) 3 cylindrical harness rings:  with opening in perpendicular direction
, casting "sprue" is on the side. H. 0.6 cm, D. 1.5 cm. 2) rhomboidal prism  harness ring for the bridle strap crossing with an opening through on each side.
See: Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg. 212 fig. 36.
$ 150

 

 

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1314   STONE BRIDLE STRAP GUIDES
           VII -VI
century B.C.
Polished stone cube with pyramid top and four openings, drilled in perpendicular direction.
L. 15 mm, H. 15 mm.
$75

 

 



 

 

970   BRONZE BRIDLE ELEMENT
         III
century B.C.
Cast bronze. Conical shield with beaded perimeter and pseudo-granulation. Triple ridged D-shaped loop. 
H. 1.4 cm, D. 1.6 cm.

$ 100

 

 

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991   BRONZE HARNESS RINGS
          VII
century B.C.
Cast bronze.  Two near triangular-shaped elements, one corner  is rounded off. Opening is all the way through. 
L. 2 cm, H. 0.8 cm. for larger.
 
See: Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg. 39, fig. 14.
$ 150

 

 

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987   BRONZE BRIDLE ELEMENT
         IV
century B.C.
Hemispherical shield with a loop on the back. 
H. 0.6 cm, D. 1.2 cm.

See: Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg. 109 fig. 12.
$ 50

 


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989   BRONZE BRIDLE ELEMENTS
         V
century B.C.
Cast bronze. Convex-shaped domed shield in the form of a flower with petals and plain center. Half-sphere loop on the back. 
D. 0.8"(2 cm.) for larger.

See: Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg. 109 fig. 12.
$ 150

 

 

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993   BRONZE HARNESS RING
         IV
century B.C.
Cast bronze.  Truncated cone-shape element with ribbed wall. 
D. 0.8" (2.2 cm), H. 0.2" (0.6 cm).
 
See: Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg. 205 fig.9, pg. 40 fig. 21, pg. 109, pg. 127 fig. 22..
$ 75

 

 

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963   BRONZE BUCKLE
         V
century B.C.
Cast bronze buckle for horse saddlery. Flattened ring with a hook. 
L.  2.1"  (5.3 cm).
 
See: Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg. 129,  fig. 29.
$ 150

 

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