Harness Ornaments

Date: 200–400

Geography: Made in Thrace (possibly)

Culture: Late Roman or Byzantine

Medium: Copper alloy, champlevé enamel

Dimensions: a: 14.3 x 9.7 x 1.6 cm; b: 14.1 x 9.5 x 1.5 cm; c: 12.9 x 11.2 x 11.6 cm; d: 11.2 x 8.6 x 6.6 cm; e: 11.2 x 8.9 x 6.2 cm; f: 13.6 x 10.4 x 3.2 cm; g: 13.7 x 10.6 x 3.3 cm; h: 7.9 x 6.5 x 7.9 cm; i: 8.0 x 6.4 x 8.7 cm; j: 7.9 x 6.4 x 5.3 cm; k: 8.1 x 6.4 x 5.5; l: 7.9 x 6.5 x 11.1 cm; m: 8.0 x 6.4 x 12.1 cm; n: 7.9 x 6.2 x 6.0; o: 8.1 x 6.4 x 6.0 cm

Classification: Enamels-Champlevé

Credit Line: Purchase, Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen Gift, and Fletcher Fund, 2000

Accession Number: 2000.505a-o

Description

These brilliantly colored enamel pieces were probably used to decorate and adorn the outside of the harness and horse from a ceremonial chariot. While their exact origin is unknown, they may come from the Roman province of Thrace, or what we now call Bulgaria.

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