Sunday, 22 July 2007

Scythian Gold


For the Asia challenge I decided not to go along the Far East route and visit either China or Japan, but look closer to my own shores.
The Scythians were the fierce, nomadic horsemen who roamed the European steppe from the seventh to the third centuries BC. These proud warriors, who grew rich on trade with the Greeks, commissioned lavish gold objects for adornment, ceremony and battle, drawing on their own ancient artistic traditions and employing the finest Greek goldsmiths of the age.
The Scythians flourished more than 2,500 years ago in what is present-day Ukraine and are among the most fascinating of the great warrior cultures that dominated the steppes for centuries. They originated in the central Asian steppes sometime in the early first millennium, BC.
For more info see
http://www.brama.com/news/press/000301scythiangold.html
I have painted the replica of a Scythean golden pin with golden acrylic and 3-d paints.

12 comments:

Penny said...

Wow, I love the way you always think outside the box ! Lovely work :)

jo capper-sandon said...

Great thought as always behind your creation Galina. A very powerful piece.

Kaz said...

WOW, so original as always, and beautiful too, love reading your posts Galina. excellent piece.

Nicole said...

Looks good, very different ;-)

Zuzu's Blog said...

Galina .. this is really interesting and I didnt know any of this.. and also its nice to see something from Asia in the challange thats not Oriental ..

Heather Robinson said...

This is a fascinating piece. You've inspired me to read more about the history of the Scythians.

Paula W said...

Its always fasinating visiting your blog and seeing a different side of life, history and art.Great piece ;o)

Carrie said...

This is so unusual Galina - its lovely

Silvia said...

Great idea.

Flossie's Follies said...

Wow, this card is fantastic, so different, love it and thank you for the history lesson, I will checking out more of it.

DymphieM said...

This piece is wonderful! Love the dimension you gave it.

KraftyKitten said...

Wow! Unique and stunning. It is perfect