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The "standard" of Ur. Mesopotamia c.9000 years ago. Wood, shell, lapis lazuli, and red limestone. One side represents peace, the other, war.

The "standard" of Ur. Mesopotamia c.9000 years ago. Wood, shell, lapis lazuli, and red limestone. One side represents peace, the other, war.

Figure of a horseman with bow. Iran. 5th-4th BC. Gold, h 3.6 cm.  © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Figure of a horseman with bow. Iran. 5th-4th BC. Gold, h 3.6 cm. © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Dress ornaments    Date:      ca. 5th century B.C.  Geography:      Northern Black Sea region, possibly from Maikop  Culture:      Scythian  Medium:      Gold  Dimensions:      Each H. 1 in. (2.5 cm)  Classification:      Metalwork

Dress ornaments Date: ca. 5th century B.C. Geography: Northern Black Sea region, possibly from Maikop Culture: Scythian Medium: Gold Dimensions: Each H. 1 in. (2.5 cm) Classification: Metalwork

Gold lion head bracelet - 1870 copy of ancient Scythian Treasure (SouthRussia)

Gold lion head bracelet - 1870 copy of ancient Scythian Treasure (SouthRussia)

Golden and silver cloak pin in the shape of a lion head.  Iran. 400 BCE.

Golden and silver cloak pin in the shape of a lion head. Iran. 400 BCE.

Ancient Scythian Tattoo  Reindeer and gryphon

Ancient Scythian Tattoo Reindeer and gryphon

scythian gold pectoral - detail  gryphons attack horse  - Scientific debates on the origin of the biggest artifact once found in the steppe’s burial hills, the precious Scythian pectoral from the collection of the National Museum of Historical Treasures, are still continuing.Donetsk researchers have elaborated a daring hypothesis: the pectoral was produced by the local craftsmen from gold that was mined exactly in the Donbas.  http://www.fravahr.org/spip.php?breve1107#

scythian gold pectoral - detail gryphons attack horse - Scientific debates on the origin of the biggest artifact once found in the steppe’s burial hills, the precious Scythian pectoral from the collection of the National Museum of Historical Treasures, are still continuing.Donetsk researchers have elaborated a daring hypothesis: the pectoral was produced by the local craftsmen from gold that was mined exactly in the Donbas. http://www.fravahr.org/spip.php?breve1107#

sarmatian griffon

sarmatian griffon

(Sarmatian gold plaque of fight between a lion and a griffin, western Siberia)

(Sarmatian gold plaque of fight between a lion and a griffin, western Siberia)

Scythian

Scythian