A pair of cufflinks inspired by stag antlers.
Unique to the Scythian culture was the animal style art and the stag was often found within the art.
Motifs of local wildlife and mythical beasts were usually incorporated onto the designs of the impressive gold ornaments and jewellery worn by the Scythians men and women.The Scythians may have had a special significance for the stag as a sacred symbol.
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.