Length: 13.100 cm
Purchased with the assistance of the
Prehistory and Europe
Viking, 9th-10th century
From Anga on the island of Gotland, Sweden
The fitting would have been attached by the perforated lugs round the base to a wooden bow. This was strapped across the shoulders of the horse as part of the harness. The reins would have passed through the two large, circular openings on either side of the centre. These fittings are sometimes found in pairs, indicating two horses would have been harnessed together.
D. Kidd and L. Thunmark-Nylén, 'James Curle of Melrose and his collection of Gotlandic antiquities', Fornvännen, 85 (1990)