Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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horse bridle
  • United States
  • horse bridle, mid 1800s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • horse hair, nickle silver, metal, leather, weaving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 278 x 14 x 18 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 109 7/16 x 5 1/2 x 7 1/16 in
  • Gift of Mrs. Tobi Jones and Mr. Ed Heplor
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0536

The bridle is made of dark brown and light tan horse hair woven in a jagged stripe pattern. It has a nickel silver decoration at the junction of the browband with the cheekpieces. These medallions are seated on leather that allows the browband to be adjusted. They are incised with an eight-pointed star within a starburst pattern. The negative space around the starburst is filled with concentric semicircles of small zigzags.

The metal bit has nickel silver decorations. There is a medallion with a six-pointed flower design and a horseshoe shape, decorated with incised asterisks. The bit has a roller. The articulated bit shanks are a combination of metal and notched nickel silver, decorated with a heart on either side. The cheekpieces and reins are looped through rings at either end of the bit. They are held in place with nickel silver panels decorated with an eight-pointed star within a circle.

There is one loose horse hair tassel.