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|Scythian feline on a ring biting its tail. |
Similar to the pommels at the Met.
|Scythian bracelet with two|
|The most adorable little Scythian monster ever!|
Originally, it would have had stone inlays
and may have been on a hat or hair accessory.
|This Achaemenid piece shows a|
Persian hero killing steppe nomads.
|Scythian-style feline motifs with missing stone inlays|
|Look familiar? The label here gave more information on this|
artifact than the one in the Met, some of it conflicting. I'm
not sure if they're two pieces of the sameartifact with the
Met either getting the less battered piece or restoring their's
more nicely, or if they're two separate artifacts made by the
same person. There are two different styles here.
The stags and ibexes are done in Scythian style. The motif
encasing them is more along the lines of Near Eastern art.
I do wonder about its identification as apiece of a belt...that
would have to be a pretty wide belt...even wider for the Met's.
|10th-9th century BC Iran|
The style is similar to some found in both northwest Iran and Georgia.
The handle was covered in wood held attached with small cooper
rivets. The edges have been sharpened, so it has actually been used
as a weapon.
|14th-9th centuries BC, Georgia|
These are types of Caucasian daggers.
The left is of a style often found with
other weapons (swords, axes, spearheads)
in graves in Armenia and Georgia. The
right is younger and of the Koban culture.
The style with animals facing each other
on the handle may have influenced later