A European horse harness set 11
Lot 144
A European horse harness set
£5,000 - 7,000
US$ 8,400 - 12,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
A European horse harness set
Circa 3rd Century A.D.
The horse-bit comprising two curved bone cheek-pieces each with three incised bands of zig-zag and crescent decoration pierced through with two bronze sections of the mouthpiece with central inter-linked loop connection, the sides with rein ring terminals, 10½in (26.5cm) wide; accompanied by six bronze ribbed rings, 3¼-3½in (8cm-8.8cm) diam; and four possibly related copper alloy and iron strap-mounts, each finely incised with bands of zig-zag decoration, with iron rivets, and one with an iron hooked terminal, the strap mounts, 4½in-9¾in (11.5cm-25cm) long, contained in two glazed cases (11)


  • Provenance:
    English private collection, acquired in 2004.
    B. Farnworth Collection, acquired before 1980, by repute found in Southern England.

    For similar strap-mounts from horse harnesses dating to circa 3rd Century A.D. in Danish and Swedish bog finds such as Thorsbjerg, Ejsbøl and Illerup, cf. L Jørgensen et al. (eds), The Spoils of Victory. The North in the shadow of the Roman Empire, Copenhagen, 2003.
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