Scythians: transforming horses for the afterlife


The Scythians were very good at horse
breeding as well as horse riding and that’s something that comes across
very strongly in this exhibition So we have a whole range of different forms
of saddlery and horse gear that was developed by them for rapid mobility They buried their horses, like everything else,
with them for the afterlife and their favourite horses, their riding horses were also dressed for the afterlife and transformed through the addition of very elaborate
horse helmets if you like or horse masks into composite animals so the horses were transformed for the
afterlife into something almost mythical.

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