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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
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.
McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 108-9, fig. 132, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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

Moore, Mary B. 2005. "A Note on a Horse Bit from the Collection of J. Pierpont Morgan in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Antike Kunst, 48: pp. 40–54, fig. 1, pl. 5.

Hemingway, Seán, Nicole Stribling, Dr. John H. Oakley, Carol Mattusch, and Seth D. Pevnick. 2017. The Horse in Ancient Greek Art, Mr. Peter J. Schertz, ed. pp. 58–59, fig. 45, Virginia: National Sporting Library & Museum.