Scythian Gold: Treasures from Ancient Ukraine

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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 ...
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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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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.
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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)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810944763
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 8
Preface 15
Contributors to the Catalogue 16
Acknowledgments 17
Satellite Map of Eastern Europe and Central Asia 20
Essays
Scythia and the Scythians 23
Scythian Art 37
Early Nomadic Sources for Scythian Art 59
The Workshop of the Gorytos and Scabbard Overlays 71
Burial Mounds of the Scythian Aristocracy in the Northern Black Sea Area 83
A Short Note on Scythians in the History of Ukraine 92
Scythian Culture in the Central Dnipro Areas 94
The National Museum of the History of Ukraine. The Iron Age Collection 97
Scythian Gold in the Museum of Historical Treasures 99
The Catalogue 102
Bratoliubivs'kyi Kurhan 272
Babyna Mohyla 282
Soboleva Mohyla 300
Maps: Civilizations of the Ancient World, Excavation Sites of Objects in the Exhibition 332
Selected Ancient Sources Relating to Scythians 334
Abbreviations 334
Bibliography 335
Index 349
Photographic Credits 352
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 1999

    Amazing Works of Art Before Ukrainian Christianity.

    Hundreds of precision gold artifacts that are over 1000 years old. Excellent quality photos on thick paper with Ukrainian history articles and without any Russian biased falsifications. Perfect gifts for living room displays.

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