The Golden Deer of Eurasia: Perspectives on the Steppe Nomads of the Ancient World

Aruz, Joan, Ann Farkas, and Elisabetta Valtz Fino, eds., with contributions by Andrei Alekseev, David W. Anthony, Aleksei Bantikov, Thomas J. Barfield, Konstantin V. Chugunov, Jeannine Davis-Kimball, Henri-Paul Francfort, Askold Ivantchik, Esther Jacobson, Elena Korolkova, Liudmilla Koryakova, Giancarlo Ligabue, Jianjun Mei, Oscar White Muscarella, Anatolii Nagler, Hermann Parzinger, Anatolii Kh. Pshenichniuk, Renate Rolle, Karen S. Rubinson, Zainullah Samashev, Peter S. Wells, Gernot Windfuhr, and Leonid T. Yablonsky (2007)

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The Golden Deer of Eurasia: Scythian and Sarmatian Treasures from the Russian Steppes

Between 1986 and 1990, hundreds of astonishing objects, ornately carved and decorated in a unique style and covered in gold, were excavated at an archaeological site outside the village of Filippovka, located on the open steppes of southern Russia. Created by nomads living in the southern Ural Mountain region of Russia, these distinctive works from Filippovka represent one of the most important caches of early nomadic Eurasian art. Dating from the fifth to fourth century B.C., these treasures are characterized by the extensive use of animal imagery—most notably that of deerlike creatures of wood overlaid with sheets of gold and silver—along with other striking objects of precious metals. Sixteen impressive wooden stags from the new find—some almost two feet in height and covered with gold and silver—are the centerpiece of the exhibition.

This exhibition presents some two hundred of these dazzling works, which have never before been on public display.