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Set of Horse Trappings
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Set of Horse Trappings


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Description This fine and rare set of horse trappings is decorated with stones in beaded settings- a style Hunnish metalworkers favored. The large piece is a chamfron, which was worn on the horse's head above the eyes. This one is ornamental rather than defensive and indicated the wealth and power of the horse's owner. The two thin strips are bridle mounts, which probably covered the bridle or reins near the horse's head, where they would be best displayed. The gold tube is the handle of a Hunnish whip, called a "nagaika." The open end held the leather of the whip, which would be secured in place by the bronze rivet. The Huns had no spurs and instead used these whips to urge their horses to run.
Provenance A. Seligmann, Rey and Co., New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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4th-5th century (Early Medieval)
Medium
gold, copper, bronze, and gemstones
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Accession Number
VO.74 (57.1050, 57.1051, 57.1052, 57.1060)
Measurements
H: 4 7/8 x W: 4 3/16 x D: 3/8 in. (12.5 x 10.6 x 1 cm)
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