Sunday, September 5, 2010

Persian horse bits in my sketches and rhytons from Armenia

I have been playing with some pen  drawings of the  horse bits of the Achaemenid and Sassanian Persia.

First sketch  is a rather frivolous interpretation, the historic bit is an actual find from Greece, evidenced in the Alexander mosaic (  mossaic  ). In this drawing of a  horse bit from the Achaemenid period (a sample of the actual Apadana Persepolis  horse bridle I gave on this blog here ), the two long cheek pieces  end  with a calf head, like in the Vouni treasure, Cyprus.  achemenet Vouni_Treasure

Second sketch (titled sketch I)  is of a Sassanian cub-bit ( shown in this example of Sassanian metal plate  ) and two horse heads with a device, that had been used along with a snaffle-bit, in a from of a metal cavesson-like device attached to the headstall, going over the nose and under the chin.

Finally the above amazing Achaemenid rhyton (  wikipedia Rhyton ) from the 'Fortress of Blood' aka Arin Berd (Erebuni   Erebuni_Fortress ) in Armenia (Urartu),  its picture  found at wikimedia Achaemenid_Goblet_Erebuni
shall become my next 'serious' reconstruction attempt, along with another Erebuni  rhyton with a horse  Achaemenid Goblet02  , and also some terracotta horse-shaped vessels from Achaemenid Village (Susa) dated to the V century BCE/BC.

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