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Carriazo bronze

  • Carriazo bronze. Seville Archaeology Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Carriazo bronze. Seville Archaeology Museum © Ministerio de Cultura



Instruments, utensils and tools


625-575 B.C.

Original title

Bronce Carriazo
Seville Archaeological Museum
Seville, Andalusia

This horse's bit is an exceptional piece among the museum's items of Tartessian origin due to the originality of the iconography and its historical importance.

This object, together with the goddess of fertility Astarté, is known by the name of its discoverer, Juan de Mata Carriazo, who found it in an antiques market in Seville. The relief was originally gilded and depicts the goddess holding two schematised lotus flowers situated between two representations of birds in high-relief with a central European influence. Other details such as the hairstyle, the lotus flowers or the flower necklace and lotus or papyrus buds belong to the Egyptian culture.

This convergence of cultural elements is frequently found in the handcrafted products intended for the elite in Tartessian society. In this case it is thought to be a sumptuous horse's bit in the form of a fretwork plaque cast in a single piece.

Details of the work


Height = 9.5 cm; Width = 9.3 cm

Cast bronze


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