Western Asia, Scythian culture, Classical Period, ca. 7th to 3rd century BCE. A striking bracelet comprised of hammered 18K gold sheet, the oval face of which is impressed with a border of repeated lashed eye motifs that surround a singular "eye" at the center. A pair of slender bands extending from the face form the wrist cuff. One of the bands is attractively crimped to create a wavy profile and features impressed circular motifs to further adorn it. A stunning piece of Scythian wearable art. Size: oval face measures 2.125" L x 2.75" W (5.4 cm x 7 cm); opening measures 2.5" W (6.4 cm); wrist bands measure about 1.5" L (3.8 cm) each; 18.8 grams
Originally nomads, the Scythian peoples migrated from central Asia through the Near East, and finally settled upon the shores of the Black Sea in the region now known as Ukraine. The Scythians amassed a fair amount of wealth by selling grain to Greek cities; this made it possible to create fabulous gold ornaments that blended the styles of ancient Greece, the Near East, and Central Asia.
Provenance: private Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA collection, acquired before 1995
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Minor bending and some areas of green and russet patina. Otherwise excellent.