INTACT SILVERED BRONZE
SCYTHIAN PIN OF HORSE AND RIDER -
Black Sea Region - Balkans
IRON AGE: 7th - 3rd CENTURY BC
With its delicate silvering
still intact over the bronze, this is a well-preserved Scythian bronze
pin of a horse and rider.
Often broken off, the original hinged pin is still present and intact on
the back side and encrusted with a heavy bronze patina. The horse
is in a full gallop with its Scythian warrior looking off to one side
directly at the viewer. Faint detail of the face and horse mane
are still visible. Emblems like these were affixed onto clothing
or riding equipment for protection from enemies in battle as well
as from evil. The Bulgarian national museum in Sofia has a fine
display of Scythian pins and appliqués of various animals very much like this nice
example. From an
old German private collection.
NO RESTORATION OR REPAIR.
The Scythians were a
warring, nomadic people from the Steppe region that occupied the
northern Black Sea area in the Early Iron Age from 700 to 300 B.C..
They ruled an enormous region in what is now the former Soviet Union.
Groups of Scyths penetrated as far west as Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria
and Prussia. Masters of both horse and bow and arrow, they are
considered amongst the first of the great horse archers. Small
compound bows were used firing salvos of bronze tipped arrowheads with
uncanny accuracy while at full gallop. Their cavalry and light
horse-drawn wagons allowed them greater mobility than their enemies.
Scythian battle horses wore elaborate ornaments of bronze, silver and
gold. The horses were armored with handsomely worked eyepieces and
nose shields richly decorated with various animal motifs. While
most men had multiple horses, favorite mounts were pampered and highly
decorated. Because of their nomadic lifestyle, Scythians were
always close with nature and had deep respect beliefs in the magical
power of many beasts. Clothing and armor was decorated with images
of various animals (both real and fantasy) as well as bronze, silver and
gold pins and appliqués were used for protection. Most important
animals included panthers, lions, griffins and antlered stags. The
stag was believed to transport the soul of the dead to the Other World.
Often, elaborate renderings
of the antlers is used in their art.
The Scythians battled,
terrorized and influenced the cultures of the Assyrians, the Medes, the
Persians and the Macedonians. Scythian fighting techniques could
adapt to the moment allowing them to fight as a marauding band or as a
disciplined army, both mounted and un-mounted. Burial discoveries
have helped us to learn about their weapons and armor. Early
Scythian burials were cremations lacking any possessions but later
tombs were filled with items designed to be used in the afterlife.
These included items such as a bow, several dozen arrows, spears and or
javelins, defensive armor and swords.
SILVERING MOSTLY STILL
INTACT - PIN ON BACK IS ORIGINAL AND STILL INTACT - GEM OF A PIN!
1" in length
INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX
Actual Item - One Only