8 June 2004
A SCYTHO-SARMATIAN BRONZE ATTACHMENT
CIRCA 3RD-2ND CENTURY B.C.
Shield-shaped, perhaps a horse frontlet, the openwork plaque divided into two registers, thick bands incised with chevrons for the frame and dividing line, rosettes at the junctures, one register with two heraldic horses, their forelegs bent at the knees, the hooves resting on the ears of a frontal animal head, the other register with four frontal animal heads arranged tete beche, perhaps deer heads interspersed with bear heads with animals in their mouths, four suspension loops along the flat edge
6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) long
Acquired by the current owner in 1994.
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Similar bronzes were found in the Caucasus, west of the Caspian Sea in Dagestan (see pls. 3-4 in Agayev, "Belt Buckles from Dagestan" Soviet Archeology).
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