A Hellenistic bronze horse muzzle
Lot 100
A Hellenistic bronze horse muzzle
Sold for £4,375 (US$ 7,353) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Hellenistic bronze horse muzzle
Circa 2nd-1st Century B.C.
Composed of openwork scrolling decoration with a central cruciform motif, with a curving outline and three straps joined horizontally, the two side ones with ring attachment loops, 8½in (21.6cm) long

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    French private collection, acquired in the 1960s. Accompanied by a letter from a museum dated to January 1969.

    Literature:
    Similar examples have been dated to the Classical and Hellenistic periods. For example three from Ruvo in Apulia, now in the British Museum, cf. H.B. Walters, Catalogue of the Bronzes in the British Museum. Greek, Roman & Etruscan, I-II, London, 1899, inv. no. Br 2877-9. Also cf. D. von Bothmer, Glories of the Past. Ancient Art from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1990, pp.114-22. no. 95e.
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