**Originally Listed At $300**
Central Asia, Turkey / Persia, Seljuk Empire (sometimes Seljuq), ca. 11th to 14th century CE. A cast bronze miniature lock in the form of a striding horse with keyhole and other intentionally cutout areas for inserting elements - the equine standing on all fours and adorned with concentric circle motifs on its body as well as that same motif to represent its eyes. Metalwork was one of the most important developments of this region. Bronze casting flourished, and famous workshops were established in Khorasan and the surrounding area. Size: 1.7" L x .375" W x 1.75" H (4.3 cm x 1 cm x 4.4 cm); 2.375" H (6 cm) on included custom stand.
The Seljuks were at constant war throughout their reign, fighting internal factions, nomads from the east, and the Crusaders from Europe. They were famous for their fast, fierce horseback archers; these vital animals would have inspired the creation of this lock. The Seljuks had impressive locking technology, including combination lock boxes capable of over four million combinations; imagine what kinds of things they intended to lock away with a key lock such as this one!
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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