- Museum number
Leaded copper alloy belt-buckle; cast; shows a horse-rider to the right but rider 'en face'; wearing short sword with ring pommel on his right thigh; hair bunched beneath a conical ridged cap or 'spangenhelm' helmet; diagonal line behind the rider perhaps intended to indicate a bowcase; left hand raised, right hand resting on the crupper of the horse; circles on the chest and rear flank of the horse represent phalerae; stirrups not indicated although reins are; projecting knob at right and left.
- Production date
Height: 7.20 centimetres
Weight: 73 grammes
Thickness: 0.70 centimetres
Width: 7.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
DSR report (file 4643) gives the metal composition as 18% tin and 4% lead in copper.
Misleadingly noted as comparison for a belt-buckle showing a horse in Bonhams Antiquities sales catalogue for 14 May 2003, p. 175, lot 544.
- On display (G52/dc6)
- Exhibition history
2012 24 May-30 Sep, BM, 'The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot'
2011 3 Mar-3 Jul, BM/G35, Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World
2010 29 May-15 Oct, USA, Kentucky Horse Park, 'A Gift from the Desert'
2005-2006 Sept-Jan, BM, 'Forgotten Empire'
1995-2005 17 Nov-Aug, BM, G52/IRAN/13/41 (part), from official opening
1996, 'Furusiyya' (cancelled)
1994 BM, G49/IRAN/13
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number