Gold Torc Terminating in Scythian Horsemen, Kul Oba Barrow, Crimea


A larger image of the left-hand Skythian on this Gold Torc, Kul Oba Barrow, Crimea



A larger image of the right-hand Skythian on this Gold Torc, Kul Oba Barrow, Crimea


Plate 19
Scythians on horses, as if on parade, are portrayed in the classical Greek style on this torque. The modeled finials are set off from the twisted gold necklace by bright blue and green enamel.
(Cat. no. 82)

82 (Color plate 19)
This piece is purely Greek, from the ornaments to the finials, which are in the classical Greek style and depict standardized Scythians on horses, as if on parade.
Torque made of twisted gold wire with sculptured Scythian horsemen at the ends. Gold and enamel, diameter 25.8 cm. (10⅛ in.).
Greek workmanship, executed for the Scythians, 4th century B.C. Crimea, near Kerch, Kul Oba kurgan. Excavations, 1830. Hermitage, KO 17.
Artamonov, Splendor, pls. 201,202.
pp. 69 & 112, "From the Lands of Scythians: Ancient Treasures from the Museums of the U.S.S.R., 3000 B.C.–100 B.C.": The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v. 32, no. 5 (1973–1974) Piotrovsky, Boris (1973–1974)


A larger image of the Gold Torc Terminating in Scythian Horsemen, Kul Oba Barrow, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Title: Gold Torque Terminating in Scythian Horsemen
Archaeological site: Kul Oba Barrow
Technique: chasing, filigree, engraving, soldering, incrustation
Acquisition date: Entered the Hermitage in 1831
Inventory Number: КО.-17
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg



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