Villanovan Cheek-Piece of a Horse Bit in Form of a Stylized Horse

Culture: Villanovan
Period: 8th-7th century B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 12 cm long
Price: 3 600 Euro
Ref: 4102
Provenance: Royal Athena Gallery, New York, 1997 with the inventory number BLL08. Thence in an American private collection. 2005 again with Royal Athena Gallery, New York, published in: “Art of the Ancient World”, Volume XVI. number 31. Thence in the private collection of the American Hollywood agent Jeff Hunter (1926-2018).
Condition: Intact
Description: Stylized bronze horse with a long mouth bent upwards and a semi-circular, outside carved mane. The legs form rings, where the reins were fastened. The central ring in the middle of the horse’s body still contains corroded remains of the iron mouth piece. On the back of the animal two more rings for suspension of the reins. Mounted.