THE SCYTHIAN SECTIONS:
- Herodotus on Scythian Burial Customs
- Grave Goods: Plaques
- Grave Goods: Personal Ornaments
- Grave Goods: Vessels and Swords
Ornamental metal plaques depicting animals are a ubiquitous feature of nomadic art. Animal Style plaques were widely used to decorate horse harness, felt tents, wagons and clothing. Depictions of lions are not frequently encountered in the art of the steppe. Iranian-speaking Scythians could borrow lion imagery and symbolism from ancient Iranian art where The depictions of lions were popular in Persian art, especially in the Achaemenid Empire (550–330 BCE). Human figures are quite rare in Scythian art. Belonging to a later period, the humanoid and lion plaques are made of gilded silver.
Gold, glass: hammering, soldering, grinding
2. Belt-Plaque, 5th-2nd Centuries B.C.
Bronze: molding, gilding
3. Eagle-Shaped Plaque, 500-450 B.C.
4. Eagle-Shaped Plaques, 400-380 B.C.
5. Stag-Shaped Plaques, 6th-5th Centuries B.C.
6. Plaques with Images of Animals, 5th Century B.C.
Gold: hammering, stamping
7. Elk-Shaped Plaque, 425-350 B.C.
8. Stag-Shaped Plaque, 400-380 B.C.
9. Griffin-Shaped Plaque, 330-300 B.C.
1o. Lion-Shaped Plaquette, date unknown
Silver: casting, gilding, engraving
11. Antropomorphic Plaque,
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