Western Asiatic Scythian Lion Head Appliqué A sheet gold mount with repoussé design of a lion head with beaded brow and open mouth; hollow rever.. Product #: AS-3328 Regular price: $700.00 $700.00 In Stock
Western Asiatic Scythian Lion Head AppliquéWestern Asiatic Scythian Lion Head AppliquéWestern Asiatic Scythian Lion Head Appliqué

Western Asiatic Scythian Lion Head Appliqué

Product Code: AS-3328
Height: 2.8CM

£700.00

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A sheet gold mount with repoussé design of a lion head with beaded brow and open mouth; hollow reverse. Mounted onto a perspex display stand (width of stand 5.7 cms) 

Very Fine condition; irregular edge left side. 

8th-7th century BC. 

Ornaments such as these would have been sown onto the clothes of Scythian aristocracy, both male and female. Scythian art shows a mix of Greek and native styles which resulted from the contacts made as Greek settlers arrived in the northern Black Sea area. A number of animals are to be found among Scythian art, such as birds, stags, lions and horses; the...

A sheet gold mount with repoussé design of a lion head with beaded brow and open mouth; hollow reverse. Mounted onto a perspex display stand (width of stand 5.7 cms) 

Very Fine condition; irregular edge left side. 

8th-7th century BC. 

Ornaments such as these would have been sown onto the clothes of Scythian aristocracy, both male and female. Scythian art shows a mix of Greek and native styles which resulted from the contacts made as Greek settlers arrived in the northern Black Sea area. A number of animals are to be found among Scythian art, such as birds, stags, lions and horses; the horse was particularly important to them as they were a nomadic people and the bodies of sacrificed horses have been found in the tombs of Scythian nobles. Very often the ornaments display a hybrid animal with the separate creatures only being recognisable by moving the piece round. This would seem to be related to the animistic and shamanic beliefs of the Scythian people.

Condition: Very fine.

Provenance: Property of an important Mayfair, London UK gentleman, acquired in 1986.

Further Reading: See Marazov, I. Ancient Gold: The Wealth of the Thracians, New York, 1997

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