Bridle and Matching Crupper Straps

Date: 15th–17th century

Culture: Tibetan

Medium: Iron, leather, gold, textile

Dimensions: Bridle (a); as mounted, H. 22 in. (55.9 cm); W. 10 in. (25.4 cm); D. 8 in. (20.3 cm); crupper (b); L. 37 in. (94 cm)

Classification: Equestrian Equipment-Bits

Credit Line: Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2005

Accession Number: 2005.73a, b


The lavish fittings of this bridle rank among the best examples of pierced and damascened Tibetan ironwork. The delicacy and complexity of the pierced work are particularly noteworthy. Ceremonial bridles with iron fittings of this type are extremely rare, the vast majority having fittings made of gilded copper.