Top Ten Scythian Artifacts

Top Ten Scythian Artifacts

       The Scythians or Scyths were an Ancient Iranian people of horse-riding nomadic pastoralists who throughout Classical Antiquity dominated the Pontic-Caspian steppe, known at the time as Scythia. By Late Antiquity the closely-related Sarmatians came to dominate the Scythians in this area. Much of the surviving information about the Scythians comes from the Greek historian Herodotus (c. 440 BC) in his Histories and Ovid in his poem of exile Epistulae ex Ponto, and archaeologically from the exquisite gold work found in Scythian burial mounds in Ukraine and Southern Russia. The name “Scythian” has also been used to refer to various peoples seen as similar to the Scythians, or who lived anywhere in a vast area covering present-day Central Asia, Russia, and Ukraine—known until medieval times as Scythia.

  1. Royal Crown

    This is a royal crown found at Tillia tepe.
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  2. Pectoral

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  3. Kings with Dragons Earrings

    These earrings known as the “Kings with dragons” were found at Tillia tepe.
  4. The Golden Comb

    Links: Top 100 Gold Artifacts,
  5. Scythian Gold Bong
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    Discovered in a mass grave in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia these two gold bongs were traced back to the Scythians who ruled the surrounding area between the 9th century BC and 4th century AD.
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  6. Necklaces (1st Century)

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  7. Gold Figures Depicting Greek Soldiers

    These gold figures of Greek men fighting in armor was found in Tomb III.
    Links: Top 100 Gold Artifacts, Top Ten Warriors, Top Ten Armor, Top Ten Weapons,
  8. The Circle Six Horses

    A Greek-Scythian Gold Cup from the Archeological Institute at Kiev, Russia.
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  9. Silla Crown

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  10. Throne Arm (7th Century BC)

    This is an arm from the throne of a Scythian king. It was found at the Kerkemess kurgan, Krasnodar Krai in 1905. It is currently on exhibit at the Hermitage Museum.
    Links: Top Ten Thrones, Top 100 Gold Artifacts,
  11. Vessel Depicting Scythians

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  12. Decorated Daggers

    “Akinakes” polylobed decorated daggers. Tomb IV.
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  13. Scythians Shooting with Bows, Kertch (4th Century BC)

    This …, antique Panticapeum Ukrainia
    Links: Top 100 Gold Artifacts, Top Ten Bows, Top Ten Archers,
  14. Golden Belt

    This is a golden belt with depictions of Dyonisos riding a lion. It was found in Tomb IV.
    Links: Top 100 Gold Artifacts, Top Ten Belts
  15. Gold Buddhist Coin

    This is a gold Buddhist coin found at Tillia tepe in Tomb IV.
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  16. Skunkha Relief, King of the Sakā Tigraxaudā

    This Scxynthia relief depicts Skunkha who was the king of the Sakā Tigraxaudā…
    Links: Relieves and Petroglyphs, Top Ten Asian Relieves,
  17. Silver Coin of King Azes II (35-12 BC)

    This is a silver coin depicting King Azes II. There is a Buddhist triratna symbol in the left field on the reverse.
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  18. Jade Plaques (4th-3rd Century BC)

    Chinese jade and steatite plaques, in the Scythian-style animal art of the steppes. Currently reside in the British Museum.
  19. Bonus: Bowl

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