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  • Pair of ''Horns'' from a Horse's Headdress

    Technique:
    carved, with applied plaques
    Dimensions:
    43x7,5 cm

Pair of ''Horns'' from a Horse's Headdress

Created: Russia. Pazyryk Culture. 6th century BC

Found: Bashadar Barrow No. 2 (excavations by S.I. Rudenko, 1950). Central Altai, Bashadar Boundary on the River Karakol

These large wooden horns were found in the Bashadar Barrow No. 2 along with a rotted headdress or mask for a riding horse. The horns are stuck together from several parts. The flat sides of each horn are covered with thick plaques of sheet silver and the convex parts have gold sheets stuck to them, their scalloped edges apparently imitating the year rings of a goat's horns. Such decorations are rare and were clearly made for some special ceremony, possibly of ritual significance. Several masks were found in the Pazyryk Barrows Nos 1 and 5, topped with little figures and horns. Luxurious headdresses are found in Assyrian images, but these are of a totally different type. Scythians in the Black Sea area decorated their horses with rich forehead and cheek pieces in the Animal Style.

Title:

Pair of ''Horns'' from a Horse's Headdress

Place:

Epoch. Period:

Archaeological site:

Bashadar Barrow No. 2 (excavations by S.I. Rudenko, 1950)

Technique:

carved, with applied plaques

Dimensions:

43x7,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1955; transferred from the Institute of the History of Material Culture, the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, the Leningrad branch

Inventory Number:

1793-357