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Pectoral Plaque

Sakae Culture

6th-5th century BC

Gold

H 9.3 cm, w 10.9 cm, wt 221.2 g

This plaque is formed of a feline beast of prey. Its outstretched neck and body curve round to form a semicircle, while the tail and paws, freely arranged within the ring, are linked to each other and to the beast's face with cast crosspieces. The plaque is fashioned in high relief. At the ends of the paws, tail and on the face there are circle rings for inlays. On the reverse are three loops to attach the plaque to a garment.

The figure of a curved beast of prey is characteristic of the early Scythian Animal Style.

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