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Western Zhou Dynasty
Curb Bit
马衔   马具

This curb bit suggests either very strong horses or poorly trained horses. Using such a bit in the midst of battle would lead to the probability that a rider would land on the ground because they yanked on the reigns inadvertently causing the horse excruciating pain. It might be a training bit but would have to be used by a very skilled rider or driver. Most bits of the period were the smooth snaffle type. The bit dates to the Western Zhou Dynasty (1027 - 771 BC) and was found at a dig in Fufeng County.

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