A Scythian Plaque with a hare hunt from Kul’ Oba, northern Black Sea region, first half of the 4th century BC
A larger image of the Scythian Plaque with a hare hunt from Kul’ Oba, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
Gold plaque with hare hunt. Kul’ Oba, northern Black Sea region, first half of the 4th century BC. © The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, 2017. Photo: V Terebenin.
The horseman on this plaque wears characteristic Scythian dress. A hare crouches at his horse’s hooves, and first glance this may be just an ordinary hunting scene. However, according to popular beliefs of Iranian peoples, sacrificing a hare brings victory in battle. From the late 5th century BC onwards, hares often feature on Scythian gold plaques, demonstrating the animal’s importance.
Source: What do nomads leave behind – The British Museum Blog
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