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Near Eastern Scythian 'Zoomorphic' Cheek Piece 028172

Near Eastern Scythian 'Zoomorphic' Cheek Piece
Bronze, 40 grams, 63 mm. 4th century BC. A bronze harness fitting or cheek piece with zoomorphic motifs. Fine condition. Provenance: ex Klausen collection.
£85.00

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Near Eastern Scythian 'Zoomorphic' Cheek Piece 028172
Scythian 'Dolphin' Pendant 010594

Scythian 'Dolphin' Pendant
Copper-alloy, 16.43 grams, 49.04 mm. Circa 2nd-3rd century BC. A bifacially cast pendant depicting a leaping dolphin to one side and a 'trumpet' style motif to the other. The lower tail of the pendant with a spiral line and the upper suspension loop broken away. The dolphin typifies the sea and maritime power. In ancient Greece it was regarded as the king of sea creatures; it is symbolic of freedom, generosity, gentleness, love and pleasure. Reference: cf. R. A. Higgins Greek & Roman Jewellery, for discussion. Fine, with some minor patination losses and lacking suspension loop. Provenance: from an old Continental collection.
£140.00

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Scythian 'Dolphin' Pendant 010594
Scythian 'Horse Head' Plaque 022534

Scythian 'Horse Head' Plaque
Copper-alloy, 17.46 grams, 35.96 mm. Circa 5th century BC. A cast copper-alloy bridle mount plaque in the form of a stylised horse's head in profile. The head is shown with gaping mouth, piriform eye and beaded border to the mane and jaw. The mount has a D-shaped hole in the upper mouth and an elliptical one above, close to the upper border. To the reverse, there is a substantial c-shaped loop for attachment to the bridle. Reference: cf. animal-style plaques in Davis-Kimball, J., Bashilov, V.A. and Yablons, L.T. (eds.) Nomads of the Eurasian Steppes in the Early Iron Age, Berkeley, 1995 fig.47(b). Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: from an old English collection.
£225.00

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Scythian 'Horse Head' Plaque 022534
Scythian 'Opposed Beasts' Harness Fitting 010595

Scythian ‘Opposed Beasts’ Harness Fitting
Copper-alloy, 14.58 grams, 35.01 mm. 4th century BC to 3rd century AD. A beautifully modelled openwork mount in the form of two opposed beasts, touching at the muzzle, lower jaw, forepaw, hindleg and haunch. The beasts are exceuted in the characteristic Scythian style with tightly curled snouts, legs and tails. On the reverse is the loop used to secure leather or fabric straps, possibly part of a horse-harness; the Scythians were renowned horsemen and dominated eastern Europe and southern Asia for many centuries. Scythian art influenced the culture of classical Greece, which in turn inspired later Roman art. Reference: for Scythian art see Vickers, M. Scythian and Thracian Antiquities in Oxford (Ashmolean Handbooks), Oxford, 2003 and Braund, D. Scythians and Amazons, London, 2009. Very fine condition.
£245.00

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Scythian 'Opposed Beasts' Harness Fitting 010595


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