Re: Scythian Gold.

From: Adriana Kamenetsky
Message: 1858
Date: 2000-03-13

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There is a wonderful book filled with many illustrations and interesting historical references:"From the Lands of the Scythians: Ancient Treasures from the Museums of the U.S.S.R.  3000 B.C. to 100 B.C."
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From: Mark Odegard
Sent: Saturday, March 04, 2000 4:43 PM
Subject: [cybalist] Scythian Gold.

This detail from a Scythian gorytos (combination bow-and-arrow holder) is among the Ukranian Scythian treasures now on view in Baltimore, and travelling later to L.A., Toronto, Brooklyn, Kansas City, and finally the Grand Palais in Paris.

Gorgeous, isn't it? It's also featured in the current Smithsonian, from which I've cribbed some details.
This particular image is taken from the following site, where a large collection of equally sumptuous pictures may be found:
Scythian gold -- particularly that of the Royal Scythians -- was created by Greek artisans living in cities along the Black Sea for the steppe market. Compared to contemporary works created for the Greek market, the Scythian stuff is downright vulgar, but gorgeous nonetheless.
Since the Scythians are almost always identified as Iranians, and since this stuff was made by Greeks, let us account these as Indo-European treasures first.
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