Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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horse bridle
  • Apache peoples
  • horse bridle, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • horse hair, leather, metal, glass
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0539

The bridle is made of woven horse hair. The browband is light with dark diamonds. The cheekpieces are made of three separate woven panels attached to each other at two places. The headpiece comprises one two-part woven strap and one three-part woven strap. There is a round decoration with a metal base and glass top over an "H" at the junction of the headpiece, cheekpiece, and browband. It has a metal bit. The proximal ends of the reins are woven leather and the remainder are woven horse hair. The bridle is decorated with horse hair tassels at several places: browband, throatlatch, cheekpieces, top of the noseband, and reins.