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Openwork Applique with Stylized Scene A Hero Hunting a Deer

Unknown350 - 325 BCE

National Museum of the History of Ukraine

National Museum of the History of Ukraine
Kyiv, Ukraine

A “Tree of Life” is placed in the centre. By the right side of the tree, a horseman is depicted shooting from his bow. One of his arrows stuck in the deer`s shoulder.
This piece comes from the tomb of a noble warrior, who was accompanied by a horse caretaker and two horses, one of which had been crowned with a leather headband adorned with an exact gold openwork plaque (the leather base didn`t survive).
There are a couple of theories about the depicted scenery. Main theory speaks of rethinking the Greek myth about the hunt of the god Apollo based on Scythian tradition (there`s a Scythian god with the same functions called Oitosyros).
This openwork applique is a unique piece of Scythian art of the Northern Black Sea region. Similar scenery is known in distant eastern regions: Caucasus and Iran, where Scythians used to live for some time.

Details

  • Title: Openwork Applique with Stylized Scene A Hero Hunting a Deer
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 350 - 325 BCE
  • Location Created: Unknown
  • Physical Dimensions: h 205, l 300 mm
  • Type: Decorations
  • Rights: National Museum of the History of Ukraine
  • Medium: Gold, stamping, cutting
  • Place found: Zaporizhzhia Region, Ukraine
  • Period: Early Iron Age
  • Culture: The Scythians

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