Luristan Bronze horse bit, Circa 1200-800 BC
Conservation: Green patina
Dimensions: 14 x 16 cm
Provenance: Classical Archaeology F. Cervera, Spain, 2014
Exhibited: Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)
This item is a horse bit, a tool that allows a stick to be inserted into the horse’s mouth and which is intended to exert force to act as a bridle for the animal. This bit is made of bronze and features a fantastic figure, a half-man, half-winged animal hybrid. These fantastic beings were to characterise compositions throughout the 1st millennium BC. These compositions show the power and expressive uniqueness and particular aesthetic qualities of Luristan bronzes.