Seller: artemisgalleryclearance (244) 100%, Location: Lafayette, Colorado, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 254496922583 Ancient Near East, northwestern Iran, Luristan, ca. 1000 to 600 BCE. A very interesting piece, a horse bit that has been lost wax cast into the shape of two fantastical, openwork zoomorphic figures along an axis of a narrow iron cuboid. Two curved ends rise from the back of each figure, capped by two round discs. The piece is three parts, displayed as it would have been in use. Ancient Luristan, a region of mountains and plains, is renowned for its highly advanced bronze work, much of which was buried as grave goods. Size: 6.15" L x 5" W x 3.75" H (15.6 cm x 12.7 cm x 9.5 cm) The affluent group in Luristan society that patronized the metalworking industry and purchased decorative items like these were nomadic horsemen. They would travel into towns and purchase bronze and iron objects from craftsmen there. Although these horsemen were pre-literate, we know from the records of the Elamites and other southern neighbors that they were mercenaries in the constant warfare between the Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Elamites. Their horses were their livelihood, and they seem to have ornamented them as beautifully as they ornamented themselves. #132977 Condition: Iron bar has been stabilized and repaired, as it is heavily oxidized. Bronze fittings have a deep turquoise patina. Provenance: ex-Davis collection, Houston, Texas, acquired before 2013 from various auction houses in London and New York Artemis Gallery is proud to offer a varied selection of ancient & ethnographic art for new collectors on eBay under the Artemis Gallery Clearance seller name. Affordably priced, and perfect for collecting or gift-giving. Each piece is backed by Artemis Gallery’s industry-leading authenticity guarantee – so you can buy with complete confidence. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. All items come with a Certificate of Authenticity We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. Condition: Iron bar has been stabilized and repaired, as it is heavily oxidized. Bronze fittings have a deep turquoise patina.