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Winged lion-shaped figure (throne decoration).
Urartu, Turkey; 8th century BCE
Bronze; Height 16 cm

This cast figure with engraved decoration formed part of the decoration of a large throne for one of the rulers of the state of Urartu. It was found in 1884 at the site of Toprak Kale, near Van. Such fabulous figures were intended to protect Urartian rulers against evil forces and to impress ambassadors from other states, emphasizing the richness and power of Urartu. The figure represents a winged lion with a human torso. Executed with great artistic and technical skill, it is decorated with coloured stones and smalt. The figure was covered with gold leaf, traces of which have survived, while the face is of white stone with inset eyes and eyebrows. The head is crowned with a headdress with horns and a crescent pendant hangs around the neck. The wings and lower part of the torso are coated with engraved feathers. Set into the bottom of the paws are pins, probably to attach the figure to a wooden base.
#03030234

Winged lion-shaped figure (throne decoration). Urartu, Turkey; 8th century BCE...

Wounded warrior.
Fresco from Pendjikent, Tadjikistan; 8th century CE.
#03030270

Wounded warrior. Fresco from Pendjikent, Tadjikistan; 8th century CE.

Greek ceramic kantharos with black glaze. 4th century BCE. From a kurgan (tumulus) near Akimovka, Zaporizhia region, Ukraine.
#03080760

Greek ceramic kantharos with black glaze. 4th century BCE. From a kurgan (tumulu...

Electrum cup with bas-relief depicting Scythians.
Gold, 2nd half of the 4th century BCE. From Kul'-Oba kurgan, Crimea, Ukraine. Height 13cm.
#03080761

Electrum cup with bas-relief depicting Scythians. Gold, 2nd half of the 4th cen...

Goddess (princess) on throne holding a flowering       
plant. Detail of a Scythian felt cloth (around         
5th-4th BCE) preserved 2000 years in a frozen tomb     
in the Paryryk Valley, Altai Mountains, Russia.        
Size of preserved part: 28.35 square meters
#07020153

Goddess (princess) on throne holding a flowering plant. Detail of a Scyth...

Scythian horseman with cloak and mustache.             
Detail of a Scythian felt cloth (around 5th-4th BCE),  
preserved 2000 years in a frozen tomb in the Paryryk   
Valley, Altai Mountains, Russia.                       
Size: 4.8 square meters
#07020154

Scythian horseman with cloak and mustache. Detail of a Scythian fel...

Statue of a young man.                                 
Bronze (6th-5th BCE), origin unknown.                  
Height 52 cm                                           
Inv. V 2068
#100108 1

Statue of a young man. Bronze (6th-5th BCE), or...

Lid of a cinerary urn with reclining young man.        
Bronze (6th-5th BCE), from Perugia, Italy.             
Size 42 x 69 cm                                        
Inv. V 485
#100108 2

Lid of a cinerary urn with reclining young man. Bronze (6th-5th BCE), fr...

Head of a young man. Detail from a cinerary urn        
with a reclining young man on the lid (10-01-08/2).    
Bronze (6th-5th BCE), from Perugia, Italy.             
42 x 69 cm                                             
Inv. V 485
#100108 3

Head of a young man. Detail from a cinerary urn with a reclining young m...

Heracles statuette.                                    
Bronze (6th-5th BCE), origin unknown,                  
from the Stroganoff Collection.                        
Height 20.3 cm                                         
Inv. V 1887
#100108 4

Heracles statuette. Bronze (6th-5th BCE), or...

Heracles statuette.                                    
Full cast engraved bronze                              
(6th-5th BCE), origin unknown.                         
Height 19.2 cm                                         
Inv. V 1198
#100108 5

Heracles statuette. Full cast engraved bronz...

Satyr and Maenad.                                      
Bronze head vase (6th-5th BCE),                        
origin unknown.                                        
Height 10.7 cm                                         
Inv. V 1652
#100108 7

Satyr and Maenad. Bronze head vase (6th-5t...