• Omphalos-Schale (Phial) with the Depiction of Beasts Being Torn Apart

    Technique:
    chasing
    Dimensions:
    diameter: 21,3 cm

Omphalos-Schale (Phial) with the Depiction of Beasts Being Torn Apart

Created: Scythian Culture. Late 5th - early 4th century BC

Found: Solokha Tumulus, side burial. Left bank of the lower Dnieper near the village of Velikaya Znamenka, Taurida Province, Russian Empire. Excavated by Nikolai Veselovsky, 1913

In terms of its shape, this phiale is an entirely Greek vessel for making ritual libations. (Moreover, it bears two Greek inscriptions that were half abraded in ancient times.) It is decorated with motifs typical for Scythian art – scenes of animals fighting to the death.

Title:

Omphalos-Schale (Phial) with the Depiction of Beasts Being Torn Apart

Epoch. Period:

Archaeological site:

Solokha Tumulus, side burial

Material:

Technique:

chasing

Dimensions:

diameter: 21,3 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1914; handed over from the Imperial Archaeological Commission

Inventory Number:

Дн.1913-1/48