|SCYTHO-SARMATIAN OPENWORK BRONZE HORSE TRAPPING
Shield shaped with two registers of animals, the lower with a pair of rearing horses cronfronted against a central pole standard.
East of Colchis, Black Sea area, N.E. Caucasus (Georgia).
3rd-2nd Century BC
H. 3 1/2 in. (9 cm.)
Acquired in the London art market, May 2008.
Cf. V. Nauka, Archeologie de l'Union Sovietique, 1992, p. 10, no. 13.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. XXIII (2012), no. 249.
Colchis was the location of the Golden Fleece sought by Jason and the Argonauts in Apollonius Rhodins' epic tale, Argonautica.
The incorporation of the Golden Fleece into the myth may have derived from the local practice of using fleeces to sift gold dust from rivers.