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Bronze muzzle for a horse

Period:
Late Classical or Hellenistic
Date:
4th–3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H.: 6 1/2 x 8 7/8 in. (16.5 x 22.5 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.2074
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Muzzles were used for horses when they were without bridles, to prevent them from nipping. Most often the muzzles were of organic materials, like leather, that have now disintegrated.
Smith, Cecil H. Sir and Librairie Centrale des Beaux-arts. 1913[Librairie centrale des beaux-arts]. Collection of J. Pierpont Morgan: Bronzes, antique Greek and Roman, including some antique objects in gold and silver. no. 89, p. 36, pl. LVIII, Paris.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 198, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen. 1924. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections. p. 102, fig. 125, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. p. 109, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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