Scythian Vessel with Hunting Scenes from Solokha Kurgan


The vessel has two hunting scenes in relief. In the first scene, two horseriders hunt a lion. The left horserider is shooting a bow, the rider on the right side was trying to hit the lion with a spear. The lion managed to break the spear and is about to attack the horse of the rider with the spear. In this scene, two dogs are present; the scholars think that they are of the “primitive greyhound” breed.

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Detail of the first scene on the Solokha Vessel

In the second scene, two horseriders hunt, what the sholars are inclined to think, a lioness with the goat’s horns, but it is possible that it was some fantastic animal.

Detail of the second scene on the Solokha Vessel, 4th c. BC

The horseriders wear the same kind of trousers as on the Solokha comb with similar ornamentation – stripes, circles, crosses. They wear shoes without heels. All of them have long hair, which was their typical hairdo. (“Royal Scythia” book has more on the topic).

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