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Harness Pendant with Confronted Beasts

Leaded brass
Overall: 3 1/2 x 3 x 3/16 in. (8.9 x 7.6 x 0.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, Stephen K. Scher, Mrs. Maxime Hermanos, and Anonymous Gifts, Gift and Bequest of George Blumenthal, by exchange, and funds from various donors, 1990
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
The Visigoths enjoyed lively commercial contacts with lands all around the Mediterranean. This pendant reveals the familiarity of their artists with motifs from Greece and the Near East. Above the heads of the beasts is the loop through which a harness strap could be passed.
[ Robin Symes Limited, London (sold 1990)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1989-1990." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 48, no. 2 (Fall 1990). p. 17.

Little, Charles T., ed. The Art of Medieval Spain, A.D. 500–1200. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 29, p. 69.

López, Gisela Ripoll, and Marta Darder Lissón. "Frena equorum: Guarniciones de frenos de caballos en la antigüedad tardía hispánica." Espacio, Tiempo y Forma: Revista de la facultad de geografia e historia in Prehistoria y Arqueologia Series 1, no. 7 (1994). pp. 277-356, fig. 28.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 52, p. 42.

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