Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia


14 Sep 2017 to 14 Jan 2018

New archaeological and scientific discoveries are also used to shed light on this fascinating period of ancient history.

The Scythians were a large group of Iranian Eurasians who made up one of the great nomadic civilisations of antiquity. First mentioned by the Assyrians in the 9th century BC, they were ruled by a wealthy class known as the Royal Scyths. After establishing a vast trade network across Greece, Persia, India and China and learning to master mounted warfare, they were able to dominate a huge region stretching from Siberia to the Black Sea.

The Scythians valued decorative objects and developed a rich artistic culture characterised by opulent tombs, fine metalwork, and a brilliant art style. This exhibition includes royal Scythian tombs from Siberia and Kazakhstan, multi-coloured rugs, fur-lined garments and accessories, unique horse headgear, beautiful gold objects and more.


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Gold applique showing two archers back to back, Kul Oba, 400BC-350BC

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