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Bit and Bridle

Date:
15th–17th century
Culture:
Tibetan
Medium:
Leather, iron, gold
Dimensions:
H. 21 in. (53.3 cm); W. 19 in. (48.3 cm)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.282
Not on view
This superb bridle is one of the most complete and complex examples known. It is decorated with an elaborate series of pierced and chiseled iron fittings damascened in gold. To add to the appearance of depth, behind much of the pierced scrollwork there is a secondary ground, which is made of a shaped plate of dark iron damascened in gold with wave patterns.
[Art dealer, London, until 1998; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet," April 5–July 4, 2006, no. 135.

La Rocca, Donald J. "An Approach to the Study of Arms and Armour from Tibet." Royal Armouries Yearbook (1999), pp. 121–122, fig. 16.

La Rocca, Donald J. Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. pp. 5, 74, 148, 214, 219, 250–51, no. 135, ill.

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