London, South Kensington
6 November 2002
A VILLANOVAN BRONZE ARTICULATED HORSE-BIT
CIRCA 8TH CENTURY B.C.
Composed of openwork cheekpieces each in the form of a stylized attenuated horse, stylized waterfowl heads join the legs below, linked by two conjoined spirally twisted rods with coiled ends, a bridle attachment rod at each side, two additional link chains suspended below one cheekpiece, repaired with slight restoration
12½ in. (31.8 cm.) long
Formerly in the Marzoli collection, Switzerland.
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