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Sarmatian horsemen on a belt fitting

Belt buckle. Iron. Gold. II century. BC. Kerch.
Exhibition "Nomad. Between heaven and earth". Gold and Weapons of the Nomads. Part 3.

The belt buckle is iron, trapezoid-shaped, with a hook in the shape of a lying boar figure, the edge of the hook is decorated in the shape of a bird's head.

Year: 2nd Century BC
Material: Iron, gold; forging, embossing, carving
Size: Length with hook 16; maximum width 8
Museum: State Historical Museum, Moscow
Bosporus (?). The buckle is covered with a thin gold plate with stamped ornamentation: two barbarian horsemen fighting with spears or darts. On the left side of the right rider - flame. Both riders are wearing long-sleeved clothing, wearing wide belts, pants and high boots. The left rider has a necklace around his neck. The left rider is beardless, the right one is bearded; hairstyles of horsemen are also distinguished. The edge of the buckle is ornamented with an embossed imitation of braided wire with a wire in the middle. The image was made using the embossing technique, the details are finished with a thread. An extremely schematic reproduction of an old motif, known from the comb from the Solokha barrow.

Bare-headed Sarmatian warriors on a belt-fitting from an unknown findsite, perhaps 4th or 3rd century BC. Both riders are spear armed, and one (right) has a gorytos combined bowcase and quiver slung from a waistbelt on his left side. Both wear quilted kaftans, the 'collars' of which appear to be torques. (Historical Museum, Moscow, after M.I. Rottovtsev, Antichnaya dekorativnaya zhivolis na yuge Rossii, St Petersburg, 1913)
Source: p.12, The Sarmatians 600 BC-AD 450 by Richard Brzezinski (Author), Gerry Embleton (Illustrator)

See also A Scythian Gold Comb with Battle Scene from the Solokha Kurhan, Late 5th-early 4th century BC.
Other Scythian, Saka, Yuezhi and Sarmatian Illustrations of Costume and Soldiers