* A Scythian Gold Applique, ca. 4th century BCE
This elegant ornament is an example of the exquisite, portable art that is such a hallmark of Scythian culture. Fashioned from fine high karat gold, this horse applique exemplifies the nomadic life of the Scythian people of Eurasia. The Scythians, famous for being formidable warriors, were also skillful artisans whose artworks were created to decorate their costumes and embellish their horses. As a people always on the move, it is not surprising that they found inspiration in the natural world and that so much of their art depicts the animals that were such an integral component of their everyday lives, whether realistically or in a highly-stylized fashion.
E.C. Bunker, C.B. Chatwin, and A. Farkas, ‘Animal Style’ Art from East to West (New York, 1970).
E.D. Reeder, ed., Scythian Gold. Treasures From Ancient Ukraine (New York, 1999).
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall, with two attachment loops at the back
Dimensions: Height:15 mm (0.59 inches) Width: 17 mm (0.66 inches)
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired in the early 1990s.