London, South Kensington
7 October 2010
A SCYTHIAN GOLD HORSE HEAD FINIAL
CIRCA 5TH-4TH CENTURY B.C.
Perhaps a horse trapping, with arched neck and alert ears, with thick ribbed mane and forelock, with separately applied circular base with four openings at the sides
7/8 in. (2.2 cm.) high
Gawain McKinley collection, acquired prior to 1996.
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For a similar Achaemenid example in silver cf. Exhibition catalogue, Ancient Art, The Norbert Schimmel Collection, The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1974, no. 157.
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