A hand-painted plate made from terracotta inspired by the Greek plate that can be seen in the Museum's major exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia.
This Athenian red-figured plate shows a single figure in oriental costume fills the circular field of this plate. This outfit, which resembles the Median costume, was most commonly used in Athenian art for Scythians, but since the figure is not bearded, it is most likely in this case to be intended to depict an Amazon archer.
This stunning plate is made using traditional Greek techniques.
More 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.
Read more about the original Scythians: warrior of ancient Siberiahere.