SCYTHIAN A BIRD APPLIQUE
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Measurements: height – 3.4 cm, width – 2.3 cm
Description: A small repousse gold foil applique in shape of a bird, possibly an eagle, with hooks and loopholes on the back for attachment. Bird is positioned as soaring with wings spread, yet placed atop a stand with volutes that recall Ionian order. Scythians used gold appliques and plaques to decorate clothing. Eagle, leopard and deer occur repeatedly as motifs in Scythian art, as nomads they seemed to liked the undomesticated animals who characteristic was constant change and travel to various habitats.
Reference: Christie’s sale 9258, lot 19.
Period: 6th cent. BC
Condition: Very fine. The item is mounted on a custom-made perspex stand.
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