Galerie Günter Puhze
Ancient Art

Object: 7141

Horse bit

Villanovan Culture, 7th century BC

Bronze. Horse bit of the “three-ring-bit” type with joint mouthpiece. The cheek-pieces are formed of one larger and two smaller rings connected with two bars. On the lower ring stands a stylized human figure with extended arms and hands on the upper rings. This attitude is interpreted as the representation of “Master/Mistress of animals”. The rings replacing the tamed animals. Intact.

cf. S. Cassani, The Art of the Italic Peoples from 3000 to 300 BC – Swiss Collections, no. 35

Provenance:
South German private collection Dr. K., acquired 1996 at Galerie Günter Puhze.

H 14 cm

Price € 5.500