Date: 15th–17th century
Medium: Leather, iron, gold
Dimensions: H. 21 in. (53.3 cm); W. 19 in. (48.3 cm)
Classification: Equestrian Equipment
Credit Line: Purchase, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1998
Accession Number: 1998.282
This superb bridle is one of the most complete and complex examples known. It is decorated with an elaborate series of pierced and chiseled iron fittings damascened in gold. To add to the appearance of depth, behind much of the pierced scrollwork there is a secondary ground, which is made of a shaped plate of dark iron damascened in gold with wave patterns.