Exclusive to the Museum: a decorative book mark inspired by Scythian art.
Scythian art would often display complex and intricate detailing, showing the accomplished skills of Scythian craftsmen. It consists of magnificent gold ornaments and jewellery worn by Scythian men and women.
The central object shown in this design is of a gold buckle with ruby and turquoise stones depicting two elaborate dragons.
Other objects illustrated include a curled up panther, griffins facing each other and a ram’s head.
About the Scythians
The Scythians were a mysterious and feared ancient people who lived in the vast region connecting southern Siberia and the Black Sea between 900 BC and 200 BC. They were wild, tattooed horse riders who, it is said, drank from their enemies’ skulls and were the first experts in mounted warfare. The only written accounts come from their neighbours, the Assyrians, Greeks and Persians, but stunning gold objects from the Siberian Collection of Peter the Great and recent archaeological discoveries of frozen tombs in Siberia have now shed new light on their nomadic customs and culture.