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INTACT SILVERED BRONZE SCYTHIAN PIN OF HORSE AND RIDER - Black Sea Region - Balkans

EARLY 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

SOLD     R048     INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX     Actual Item - One Only

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