(Russia) Scythian Gold Stag Plaque. ca 5th century BCE. Found in the Kul Oba Barrow near Kerch, Crimea, Russia. Decorated with a Griffin, rabbit, Lion, panther & a Ram. The Scythians had reverence for the stag, which was one of the most common motifs in their artwork, especially at funeral sites. The swift animal was believed to speed the spirits of the dead on their way to the afterlife.