SCYTHIAN GOLD APPLIQUE IN THE SHAPE OF A BIRD
Measurements: 2.3 cm - length. Weight: 0.39 g.
Description: A gold sheet mount with repoussé decoration representing a bird, chased crest and feathers adding delicate detail to the body. The item features three separate suspension loops to the reverse.
The Scythians were a nomadic western Iranian population who inhabited the Central Eurasian Steppe from the 9thcentury up to the 4thcentury BC. They were among the first to master mounted warfare, they kept herds of horse, cattle and sheep, lived in tent-covered wagons and fought with bows and arrows on horseback. Scythians developed a rich culture characterised by opulent tombs, very fine metalwork and a brilliant art style. Several ancient historians account them to have been ruthless, bloodthirsty people who enjoyed wearing lavish amounts of gold, not only on themselves, but on their horses as well. This gold mount would have been affixed to garments of clothing as decoration, usually in patterns, with multiple mounts on a single item of clothing.
Period: Circa 6th-5thcentury BC
Condition: Very fine, the metal is in excellent condition.