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Pin

First half of the 1st millenium BC

Bronze

L 28 cm

Northern Ossetia, Koban burial ground

This pin in the form of a pole-axe is decorated with three sculptures of animal heads, all with open mouths. On one side of the pole-axe are two beasts of prey, framed by a geometrical design. In making the piece, the bronzesmith used the techniques of chasing and engraving. Pins were widely used as accessories and surviving examples are remarkable for the diversity of their forms and skilful execution.

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