A bronze horse-bit comprising a square-section bar with loop terminals. The cheek pieces, at each end of the mouthpiece, are cast in the form of striding horses, with long manes and tails, and having two loops at the top for attachment.
for related example see: Houshang Mahboubian, Art of Ancient Iran (London, 1997), cat. no. 68, p. 99. and Legrain, L. Luristan Bronzes in the University Museum, pl. XX,
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. Inner surfaces have two goad spikes and upper ridge attachment loops.Overall blue-green surface patina with some encrustation.
Dimensions: Length: 17.78 cm (7 inches)
Provenance: The Nourollah Elghanayan Collection of Ancient Art, assembled 1950-1970's. Nourollah Elghanayan (1915 - 2009), NYC, Iranian-born businessman started buying land in Manhattan in the 1950s and 1960s focusing on Manhattan property on Second and Third avenues. His sons turned the holdings into a booming real-estate business. Now, the family is worth $1.9 billion and has more than 20 million square feet of residential and commercial holdings to its name, split among two firms.