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Lot 2410: A Lorestan bronze snaffle, 10th - 8th century B.C.
October 26, 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: The snaffle with a quadrangular curb bit, hammered flat at the ends, the finials coiled, left and right in different directions. The cheek bars fashioned as discs in figural form. A mirror image of the same mythical hybrid creature: a "winged centaur" with a human face and bull's horns. Two loops and two prongs, on the inner surface of each side to fasten functional attachments made of organic material. Complete apart from a small casting defect on the leg of the figure on the right-hand cheek bar. The bit with a reddish brown oxide coating, similar to that also visible in places on the cheek bars. These extensively covered with a green oxide layer and minimal incrustation. Length of the bit 22.5 cm. Height 13 cm. An exquisite example of the imaginative bronze art works of the early Iron Age in Iran. Rhenish private collection, acquired in the art trade during the 1970s.
Condition Report: II -
Notes: Ägypten und Asien