NEAR EASTERN AND SCYTHIAN
ANIMAL STYLE BRONZE:
 

In the 1st Millennium B.C. many nomadic tribes inhabited the steppes and mountainous areas of Eurasia. By the middle of the 1st Millennium B.C., they  had come to be called collectively SAKA in the inscriptions of the Achaemenids (559-330 B.C.) and SKYTHAI (SCYTHIANS) by Greeks, who first encountered these tribes in VII c. B.C. in Asia Minor. The ethnic variety of the Scythian world makes it extremely hard to determine which of the historically known tribes are represented in the particular object of  the material culture. Constant migrations, military campaigns and raids resulted in the borrowing and mutual exchange of the cultural traditions in reflecting the world through art.

 

249   BRONZE BUCKLE
         V c. B.C.
The cast convex, openwork buckle depicts head of a bull frontally with his horns, terminated with stylized griffin heads, inscribed in buckle frame; above there are two mirror images of stylized griffin-heads. Two loops on the frame of the buckle, one of them broken in half. L. 2.8" (7cm), W. 1.9" (4.8 cm). 
$ 875

 

 

 

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242   BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         V c. B.C.
Cast bronze. Part of a horse’s bridle nosepiece, ornament made with a stylized stag-head protome. H. 1.3" (3.3 cm), W. 1.5" (3.7 cm).
 
For similar iconography see: B. Piotrovsky. Scythian Art. Phaidon, Oxford, 1987, 
cat. # 93.
 
$ 550

 

 

 

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997   SCYTHIAN BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         V c. B.C.
Cast high-tinned bronze. Part of a horse’s bridle nosepiece, ornament made with a stylized bird of prey head with large round eyes and curved beak. There is a hole  in the center where the leather bridle strap passed through. 
L. 1.2" (3.1 cm).
 
$ 350

 

 

 

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990   SCYTHIAN BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         V-IV c. B.C.
Cast lead. Part of a horse’s bridle nosepiece, ornament made with a stylized griffin-head protome with large round eyes, curved beak and erect ears. Broken (ancient times) in the center where the leather bridle strap passed through. 
L. 1.1" (2.7 cm).
 
$ 125

 

 

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996   SCYTHIAN BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         IV c. B.C.
Cast bronze. Part of a horse’s bridle nosepiece, ornament made with a stylized falcon-head protome with large round eyes and small curved beak. There is a hole  in the center where the leather bridle strap passed through. 
H. 1" (2.6 cm).
 
$ 275

 

 

 

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999   SCYTHIAN BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         V c. B.C.
Cast bronze. Part of a horse’s bridle nosepiece, ornament made with a stylized bird of prey head with large round eyes and curved beak. There is a hole  in the center where the leather bridle strap passed through. 
L. 0.8" (2.2 cm).
 
SOLD

 

 

 

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972   SCYTHIAN BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         IV c. B.C.
Cast bronze. Part of a horse’s bridle nosepiece, ornament made with a stylized bird of prey-head protome with large round eyes and open beak, exposing the tongue, capturing the image of the bird just prior to attack. There is a hole  in the center where the leather bridle strap passed through. 
H. 1.7" (4.4 cm).
 
$ 375

 

 

 

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974   SCYTHIAN LEAD BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         V c. B.C.
Cast lead. Part of a horse’s bridle nosepiece, ornament made with a stylized griffin-head protome with large round eyes, curved beak and erect ears. There is a hole  in the center where the leather bridle strap passed through. 
H. 1.6" (4.1 cm).
 
$ 275

 

 

 

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407   SAUROMATIAN BRONZE
         VI-V c. B.C. 
Cast bronze. Part of a horse bridle. Depicting an image of a wolf's head in profile, with mouth open and teeth bared. There is a broken off bronze loop on the back, where the leather bridle strap passed through. 
L. 0.8" (2.1 cm).
 
$ 350

 

 

 

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986   SAUROMATIAN BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         VI-V c. B.C. 

Cast high-tinned bronze. Part of a horse bridle. Depicting an image of predator's head front with two oval eyes and open mouth exposing teeth. There is a bronze loop on the back where the leather bridle strap passed through. 
L. 0.6
" (1.5 cm)
See: Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg 109, fig.12. 
$ 225

 

 

 

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985   SAUROMATIAN BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         V c. B.C. 
Cast bronze. Part of a horse bridle. Depicting an image of a recumbent hoofed animal with head reversed over its back. There is a bronze loop on the back where the leather bridle strap passed through.
L. 0.8" (2.1 cm). 
See: B. Piotrovsky. Scythian Art. Aurora Art Publishers, Leningrad, 1986, 
cat. # 93..

$ 250

 

 

 

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998   SAUROMATIAN BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         VI-V c. B.C. 
Cast bronze. Part of a horse bridle. Depicting an image of a griffin's head in left profile, with large round eyes and curved beak with nostril. There is a broken off bronze loop on the back, where the leather bridle strap passed through. 
L. 0.9" (2.3 cm).
 
See: Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg 109, fig.12. 
$ 275

 

 

 

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988   SAUROMATIAN  BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         VI-V c. B.C. 
Cast bronze. Part of a horse bridle. Depicting an image of a griffin's head in left profile, with large round eyes and curved beak with nostril. There is a bronze loop on the back where the leather bridle strap passed through. Heavily worn.
L. 1" (2.5 cm).
 
Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg. 109, fig.12.
$ 225

 

 

 

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976   BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         VI-V c. B.C.
Cast bronze. Part of a horse bridle. Depicting an image of a griffin's head in left profile, with large round eyes, small erect ear and slightly open curved beak. There is a bronze loop on the back where the leather bridle strap passed through.
Heavily worn.  
L. 1.1" (2.7 cm).
 
$ 225

 

 

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982   BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         IV c. B.C.
Cast bronze. Part of a horse bridle. Depicting two images of a griffin's head in profile, with round eyes and massive curved beak. The interlocking composition achieved by rotating one image 180 degrees. There is a bronze loop on the back, where the leather bridle strap passed through. 
D. 1" (2.5 cm).
 
$ 325

 

 

 

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962   SCYTHIAN BRONZE ORNAMENT
         IV c. B.C.
Cast bronze. Depicting two images: griffin's head in left profile, with round eyes,  curved beak and exposed tongue; second image is a horse leg, folded as in a gallop, with exaggeratingly large hoof. 
Probably, it is a fragment of a bridle ornament.   
L. 2.1" (5.3 cm).
 
$ 175

 

 

 

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969   BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         IV c. B.C.
Cast bronze. Part of a horse bridle. Depicting two mirror images of a ram's head in profile, with almond-shaped eyes, tightly wound spiral horns and small ears. There is a broken off bronze loop on the back, where the leather bridle strap passed through. 1.1"x 1.3"  (2.7 x 3.4 cm).
 
$ 325

 

 

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992   SARMATIAN BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         IV-III c. B.C.
Cast lead. Part of a horse bridle. Convex shield with an image of a running dog in relief. Mouth open, ears erect. There is a bronze loop on the back with ends riveted to the shield. 
D. 1" (2.5 cm).
 
$ 250

 

 

 

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994   BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         VI-V c. B.C.
Cast bronze. Part of a horse bridle. Depicting an image of a curled up feline left profile. Tail meets open mouth, paws are bent inward. There is a bronze loop on the back, where the leather bridle strap passed through.
L. 1.1" (2.7 cm). 
See: Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg 115, fig.29.B. Piotrovsky. Scythian Art. Aurora Art Publishers, Leningrad, 1986, 
cat. # 92.
 
$ 250

 

 

 

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406   BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         V c. B.C.
Cast bronze. Part of a horse bridle. Depicting stylized front mask of fantastic predator with highly stylized features. There is a broken off bronze loop on the back where the leather bridle strap passed through. 
L. 1.1" (2.7 cm).
 
$ 350

 

 

 

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246   BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         V c. B.C. 
Bridle ornament cast in low relief  with loop on the reverse. Made in the form of  stylized elk’s head in left profile. His mouth is wide open, ear depicted by spiral, his antlers are terminated with a stylized griffin heads. 45 x 32 mm. 
$ 450

 

 

 

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1000   BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
           V c. B.C. 
Cast bronze. Part of a horse bridle. Depicting an image of a stylized elk’s head in left profile with large round eyes, small erect ear and open mouth. There is a broken off bronze loop on the back, where the leather bridle strap passed through.
L. 1.3" (3.2 cm).
  
For a similar ornament see: The Golden Deer of Eurasia. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Press, 2000, cat. 155.
 
$ 275

 

 

 

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243   BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         V c. B.C. 
Part of a horse’s trapping, the buckle is cast in the form of a stylized elk’s head in left profile. Broken loop at the reverse. 29 mm.
 
For a similar ornament see: The Golden Deer of Eurasia. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Press, 2000, cat. 155.
 
$ 325

 

 

 

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408   BRONZE HARNESS RING
         VII c. B.C.
Cast bronze. In the form of barrel-shaped bead with defined ring-shaped collars. At the bottom there is the lower part of a horse's leg with a hoof in stride.
Ancients believed that capturing particular parts of animals added these same qualities to the wearer (in this case speed in running ).    
H. 1.3" (3.4 cm).
 
$ 475

 

 

 

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965   SCYTHIAN BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         VI c. B.C.
Cast bronze. Part of a horse bridle (cheekpiece). Depicting stylized animal's front legs. There is a broken off bronze loop on the back, where the leather bridle strap passed through. Mended. H. 2.8" (7.2 cm).
 
See: B. Piotrovsky. Scythian Art. Aurora Art Publishers, Leningrad, 1986, 
cat. # 277.. 
$ 425

 

 

 

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964   SCYTHIAN BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         V-IV c. B.C.
Cast bronze. Part of a horse bridle (cheekpiece). Depicting stylized animal's hindquarters. There is a broken off bronze loop on the back, where the leather bridle strap passed through. Mended. H. 3.5" (8.9 cm).
See: B. Piotrovsky. Scythian Art. Aurora Art Publishers, Leningrad, 1986, 
cat. # 278; Davis-Kimbal J. Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age, Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg. 49, fig.47.
  
$ 525

 

 

 

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975   BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENTS
         FIRST HALF OF IV c. B.C.
Cast bronze. Pair of cheekpieces of a horse bridle, depicting stylized animal legs right. Each has a bronze loop on the back of the upper part,  where the leather bridle strap passed through. H. 1.4" (3.6 cm).
 
$ 375

 

 

 

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973   BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         V c. B.C.
Cast bronze. Part of a horse bridle. Depicting stylized predator paw, with prominent knuckles on four toes and detailed cartilage. There is a bronze loop on the back of the upper part, where the leather bridle strap passed through.
Toe has been broken and mended. H. 1.8" (4.6 cm).
 
$ 275

 

 

 

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971   BRONZE BRIDLE ORNAMENT
         V century B.C.
Cast bronze. Part of a horse bridle (cheekpiece). Depicting stylized animal paw, with prominent knuckles on five toes. There is a bronze loop on the back of the upper part, where the leather bridle strap passed through. H. 1.9" (4.8 cm).
 
$ 350

 

 

 

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1086   BONE PLAQUE
           VI-IV centuries B. C.
Convex rectangular  plaque. Carved with image of a dove enclosed in raised border. Tail, wing and neck feathers indicated by depressed lines. Hole for attachment at each corner. Used as an inlay for caskets.  
L. 1.4" (3.6 cm) 
$ 2000

 

 

 

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1087   BONE PLAQUE
           VI-IV centuries B. C.
Triangular plaque. Carved with image of a rooster enclosed in a raised circle. Tail, wing, neck feathers, comb and wattle indicated by depressed lines. Hole for attachment at top corner.    
H. 1.5" (3.9 cm). 
$ 2000

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