Scythian art was produced by the tribes of ancient Scythia (Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the region north of the Black Sea) from the 7th to the 3rd century B.C. Scythians are best known for their exquisite gold work, but they also produced finely made works of art in wood, leather, bronze, bone, iron, silver and electrum. Artisans created elaborate personal jewelry, weaponry ornaments, and horse trappings. These were often decorated with Central Asian motifs in the animal style with an added Greek realism that could also include scenes from Greek mythology. Their trade contacts with the Greek world imparted Scythian art with a unique quality. Images of fantastic animals such as sirens, or winged griffins attacking horses, stags, deer, and eagles were commonly used by Scythian artists, but they also depicted human faces, figural groups, warriors in combat, or scenes from daily life such as farming and herding that included individuals taming horses or milking sheep. Zoomorphic depictions also included semi-recumbent stags, deer, lions, panthers, horses, other domestic animals and birds.
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