• Belt Buckle in the Shape of Galloping Horse

    Technique:
    cast
    Dimensions:
    length: 12,9 cm

Belt Buckle in the Shape of Galloping Horse

Created: Koban Culture. Late 8th-6th century BC

Found: Koban burial site. Verkhny Koban settlement, Vladikavkaz district, Terek region, Russian Empire

The belt fastening in the form of the stylized figure of a horse has a relief front and a hollow back, where a hook is located. The animal has an elongated body, a long curved neck with the withers emphasized and its front legs drawn up below its head. The tail forms an arch, the end of which is connected to the hooves of the hind legs. The lower part of the muzzle is rendered by sharp facets. The relatively small eye is bulging. The ears are set back. The “short” mane is decorated with slanted hatching below the upper edge. At its base and behind the ears the neck has bands of notches across it with longitudinal lines running between them. The scapula and haunch present a teardrop shape outlined by a deepened line with hatching. The shoulder blade is ornamented with a widely spaced criss-cross pattern, the haunch with a tighter one. The trunk is also decorated with a reticular pattern, as well as transverse and longitudinal lines. The muzzle is decorated with a diamond shapes, framed by oblique notches and filled with smaller diamonds. The single foreleg is decorated with three bands of transverse lines, while the tail is embellished with diagonal hatching.

Title:

Belt Buckle in the Shape of Galloping Horse

Archaeological site:

Koban burial site

Material:

Technique:

cast

Dimensions:

length: 12,9 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1889; handed over from the former Archaeological Commission; formerly in the collection of K.I. Olshevsky

Inventory Number:

1731-24

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