Scythian Gold: Treasures from Ancient Ukraine

Scythian Gold: Treasures from Ancient Ukraine

by Ellen D. Reeder, Michael Treister, San Antonio Museum of Art Staff, Walters Art Gallery Staff
     
 
This sumptuous volume presents some of the finest art treasures of the Scythians, a nomadic people who flourished in what is now Ukraine between the fifth and third centuries BC, and whose art was a synthesis of the "animal style" of Central Asia and influences from the ancient Near East and the Greek world. Published to accompany a traveling exhibition of 178

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This sumptuous volume presents some of the finest art treasures of the Scythians, a nomadic people who flourished in what is now Ukraine between the fifth and third centuries BC, and whose art was a synthesis of the "animal style" of Central Asia and influences from the ancient Near East and the Greek world. Published to accompany a traveling exhibition of 178 extraordinary gold objects from museums in Kiev, Scythian Gold offers an unprecedented look at ancient artistry. Revealing newly excavated works of art as well as important recent scholarship, this volume is a landmark in the study of Scythian culture and art. The colorplates illustrate gold swords, scabbards, bow and arrow cases, a helmet, vessels, and gold jewelry, each accompanied by an individual commentary. Scythian Gold is a magnificent exploration of an intriguing ancient culture.

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Library Journal
Originally nomads, the Sythians migrated from central Asia through the Near East, finally settling on the shores of the Black Sea in what is now Ukraine. The wealth they earned by selling grain to Greek cities provided the means to purchase fabulous gold ornaments that fused the styles of Greece, the Near East, and Central Asia. Four Ukrainian museums combined their treasures and their scholarship to produce "Gold of the Nomads: Sythian Treasures from Ancient Ukraine," one of the most important museum exhibits to come to the United States from Ukraine. Reeder, curator of ancient art at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, does an excellent job of bringing together authorities in various areas of Sythian culture with color photographs of the artifacts. One of the most beautiful exhibit catalogs of the year, this is recommended for any library needing solid, up-to-date information on Sythian culture.--Mary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., Pittsburgh Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Published in conjunction with the November 2000 through December 2001 exhibition, "Gold of the Nomads: Scythian Treasures from Ancient Ukraine," this volume presents the most important Scythian gold objects in Ukraine, many of which were discovered only in the last two decades. The nine essays, color illustrations, and maps of civilizations of the ancient world and excavation sites combine analysis of the 172 pieces with an overview of recent advances in our understanding of Scythian culture. Reeder is curator of ancient art at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Oversize: 9.5x12<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810944763
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.25(d)

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