Griffin holding a stag head in its beak.


Kurgan no.2 from Pazyryk, Russian Altai, 4th century B.C. Detail from a Scythian wood-and-leather harness piece, height 9 in.(23 cm). State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. This masterpiece gives us an idea not only of the inventiveness but also of the technical mastery that Scythian artists achieved in their representation of animal form.

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