Curb Bit

Date: second quarter 14th century

Culture: Spanish

Medium: Iron, copper alloy, enamel, gold

Dimensions: L. of branches, 12 3/4 in. (32.39 cm); W. of mouthpiece, 4 in. (10.16 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 9 oz. (1616 g)

Classification: Equestrian Equipment-Bits

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1904

Accession Number: 04.3.478a, b


This is one of the most elaborately decorated medieval horse bits known. It displays two coats of arms, which appear to belong to Catalan families. The matching heraldic plaque, missing from the opposite side, is preserved in the Musée de Cluny, Paris.