• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 59

    A MEOTIAN-SCYTHIAN BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT

    CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A MEOTIAN-SCYTHIAN BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
    CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.
    In the form of a stylized feline, its mouth open, with a long neck, its forelegs extending toward the lower jaw, the hind quarters reversed, with the rear legs bent acutely, the feet merging with a stylized bird head at the center, two attachment loops on the reverse
    7½ in. (19 cm.) long


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    For a similar example see p. 83, fig. 9 in Leskov and Lapushnian, Art Treasures of Ancient Kuban.

    The Meotians lived in the northwestern Caucasus, taking their name from Lake Maeotis, northeast of the Black Sea. According to Galanina, (p. 215 in Aruz, et al., ed., The Golden Deer of Eurasia, Scythian and Sarmatian Treasures from the Russian Steppes), exactly who the Meotians were is unclear; they may have been Scythians, pre-Scythian inhabitants who adopted Scythian customs, Scythian-ruled natives or Sarmatians.

    Provenance

    American Private Collection, 1994.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 10 December 2004, lot 427.