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Prancing Horse (Finial or Decorative Attachment?)

Byzantine or Islamic ?
11th century
4.8 x 4.5 x 1.6 cm (1 7/8 x 1 3/4 x 5/8 in.)

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Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, DC, 1955), no. 88.

M. Ross, Catalogue of the Byzantine and Early Mediaeval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Vol. I, Metalwork, Ceramics, Glass, Glyptics, Painting (Washington, DC, 1962), 51, no. 57, Pl. XXXVIII.

Acquisition History
Elie Bustros, Beirut (according to Bustros, found in a Greek cemetery, Porte St. Pierre, Damascus).

Purchased through R. Tyler (Paris) from Bustros, December, 1949, for Mr. and Mrs. Bliss.

Brought to Dumbarton Oaks by R. Tyler, May 19, 1950.

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bliss, August, 1950.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, D.C.