8 June 2001
A VILLANOVAN BRONZE HORSE BIT
Circa 8th-7th Century B.C.
The bit composed of two lengths of twisted wire terminating in spirals joined to rings, both cheek-pieces cast in the form of a horse with a colt on its back, between the legs, another colt facing backwards and a duck, the horse with cresting mane between high pointed ears, the muzzle bulging, flattened at the end, with rings below the fore- and hind-hooves
10¾ in (27.3 cm) wide
Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Basel, 1980
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For nearly identical cheek-pieces from the Pomerance Collection see no. 153, p. 155 in Mitten and Doeringer, Master Bronzes from the Classical World.
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