Ariadne

Harness Ring
Period: Tenth to seventh century BC
Culture: Luristan
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 8.5 x 9 cm
 
Harness Ring
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This harness ring is in the form of a wheel, with a large ibex head above. The horns of the animal are exaggerated into two large striated rings that join at the mouth of thee two stylised recumbent felines that hug the central ring. The reverse is flat and undecorated, with a small loop behind at the head of the ibex for attachement. A similar example has been published from the Heeramaneck collection. 

Provenance

Private collection, New York, 1980s.
T. Pang, Treasures of the Eurasian Steppes: Animal Art from 800 BC to 200 AD, New York, 1998, no. 38.