A Sarmatian gold pommel Circa 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.
Lot 243*
A Sarmatian gold pommel Circa 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.
Sold for £167,250 (US$ 261,220) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Sarmatian gold pommel Circa 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.
A Sarmatian gold pommel
Circa 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.
Of hammered sheet gold repoussé work, composed of three interlocking encircled quadrupeds, possibly sheep or cattle, their hooves, fleeces and ears recessed for white inlays, some of which remain, the triangular centre is set with red glass, the interior remains filled with bitumen, probably for attachment to a staff, 1½in. (4cm.) high, 1¾in.(4.5cm.) diam.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Ex Baron de Chambrier Collection, Switzerland.

    Literature:
    For a related Sarmatian gold domed lid with interlocking repoussé animals cf. Gold der Skythen aus der Leningrader Eremitage, (Munich 1984), p.246, fig.161. For similar techniques used in Sarmatian gold repoussé worked animals with inlays, see M. Karabelnik (ed.), Aus den Schatzkammern Eurasiens Meisterwerke Antiker Kunst, Kunsthaus Zürich, (1993), p.272-3, figs.145 & 146.

    The Sarmation tribes overtook the Scythians and their kingdom, invading their territory in the first Century B.C. The Scythians occupied the steppes adjacent to the northern shores of the Black Seas.
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