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Bronze bit

Period:
Late Classical or Hellenistic
Date:
4th–3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Other: 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.2075
  • Description

    This bit is of a distinctive type attested in Northern Greece and used for horses that are ridden rather than driven. Its most noteworthy occurrence is on the mount of Alexander of Macedon in the famous Alexander mosaic from the Casa del Fauno in Pompeii and now in the Archaeological Museum, Naples.

  • References

    McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 108-9, fig. 132.

    McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 108-9, fig. 132.

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