Luristan bronze horse-shaped snaffle fitting




A fragment from a cast bronze horse-bit in the form of a horse with stylised recumbent legs. Originally there would have been a pair of these horse figures connected by a snaffle-bit with which a rider would control his mount by means of their reins.

Luristan, 9th to mid 8th Century BC

6 x 12.8 cms

Intact as seen in the photographs

Ex. collection: Pierre and Claude Verite, France (1900-1993 & 1928- ). The father and son Verites were among the most influential ethnographic dealers in France during the mid 20th Century, supplying and informing numerous artists as well as museums. From the 1920’s onwards they amassed an unrivalled private collection which was for the most part kept secret from the outside world. It was only after Pierre Verite’s death that the collection started to be sold through various auctions including Christies Paris which acheived several record results for tribal art.