Date: ca. 1350
Medium: Iron, copper alloy, enamel, gold
Dimensions: L. of branches, 12 3/4 in. (32.39 cm); W. of mouthpiece, 4 in. (10.16 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 9 oz. (1616 g)
Classification: Equestrian Equipment-Bits
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number: 04.3.478a, b
This is one of the most elaborately decorated medieval horse bits known. It displays two coats of arms, which appear to belong to Catalan families. The matching heraldic plaque, missing from the opposite side, is preserved in the Musée de Cluny, Paris.