A silver plated bracelet with a warrior on horseback design.
Scythian animal style was very distinctive, but it incorporated and creatively changed the art images of Greek, Persian and Chinese contemporaries with whom the Scythians communicated. The origins of this style should be sought in primitive totemism (the deification of animals as the ancestors of people) and in the "natural style" of the art of primitive hunters.
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.