A Byzantine bronze bridle link Eastern Mediterranean, circa 5th-7th Century A.D. Depicting a cow's head, surmounted by three suspension loops, tapering to an inverted cross, with engraved circles throughout, 4in (10.2cm) high
Provenance: German private collection, Munich. Acquired from the Koln art market in the late 1990s.
Literature: For a similar piece cf. Wamser, L., and Zahlhaas, G., (ed) Rom und Byzanz. Archaeologische Kostbarkeiten aus Bayern, Munich, 1998, p.148, no.164.