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On the Sources of the Scythic Animal Style

Yakov A. Sher
Arctic Anthropology
Vol. 25, No. 2 (1988), pp. 47-60
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40316167
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On the Sources of the Scythic Animal Style
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Abstract

In the mid-first millennium B. C., a common pastoral-nomadic culture dispersed over the Eurasian steppes, from Hungary to China and Siberia. Carried largely by Iranian peoples, it was distinguished by a "Scythic triad" of characteristic horse gear, weaponry, and art in the famous "animal style." The precise nature and developmental history of this art remain controversial despite much research. Many have stressed antecedents at Ziwiye in Iran while some find sources in China's Western Chou culture. Since 1980, the precedence of Arzhan on the uppermost Yenisey has become evident. A developmental chain from Okunevo to Karasuk and Tagar (Scythic) can be traced for over 1000 years.

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