The Golden Deer of Eurasia Scythian and Sarmatian Treasures from the Russian Steppes The State Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, and the Archaeological Museum, Ufa Joan Aruz

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The Golden Deer of Eurasia Scythian and Sarmatian Treasures from the Russian Steppes The State Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, and the Archaeological Museum, Ufa  by  Joan Aruz

The Golden Deer of Eurasia Scythian and Sarmatian Treasures from the Russian Steppes The State Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, and the Archaeological Museum, Ufa by Joan Aruz
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Many of the worlds most exciting archaeological discoveries are being made in the central steppes of Eurasia, the vast undulating grasslands that stretch from Hungary to the Pacific. For thousands of years, nomadic tribes sharing strong culturalMoreMany of the worlds most exciting archaeological discoveries are being made in the central steppes of Eurasia, the vast undulating grasslands that stretch from Hungary to the Pacific.

For thousands of years, nomadic tribes sharing strong cultural affinities flourished here, producing artworks of great power and vitality of which the objects illustrated in this book are spectacular examples. The Golden Deer of Eurasia is the catalog of an exhibition jointly organized by the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Hermitage in St.

Petersburg, Russia. It presents objects dating from the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. unearthed from burial mounds near Filippovka at the foot of the Ural Mountains. Of the 212 catalog items, two-thirds are recent finds from Filippovka, including gold jewelry, golden plaques showing scenes of animal combat, and gold-plated sculptures of mythological deerlike creatures with predatory muzzles and wide-branching antlers. Other treasures in the exhibition, borrowed from the Hermitages immensely rich collections of Scythian and related cultures, put the new discoveries in context.

The significance of these unique objects is explained in short chapters by American and Russian scholars- subjects range from social customs of the vigorous and violent steppe-peoples to conservation techniques. In addition to objects demonstrating the raw exuberance of the nomads production, there are exquisite gold drinking vessels that use nomadic decorative themes but were made by Iranian and Greek craftsmen for trade with the tribes--a fascinating example of trade influencing art. As expected from a Met publication, The Golden Deer of Eurasia offers both an art book produced to the highest standards and cutting-edge scholarship on an important and fashionable area of art-historical research.

--John Stevenson



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