Silver Rhyta – Thrace Foundation

THE GOLDEN FLEECE

The Quest of the Argonauts

Vassil Bojkov Collection

Silver rhyta with stag protomi

The group of three identical rhyta with stags protome is imposing. They differ only slightly in the execution of the dappled coat of the animal. The horn is vertically fluted and surmounted by a decorative frieze of an ivy wreath. The treatment of the stag’s body gives the impression of a strong muscular animal. Elements of a horse harness are depicted on the stags’ heads: straps, bridle and decorations emphasized by gilding. The pouring holes are on the animals’ chests. The three rhyta belong to the vessel group supposed to be manufactured by Thracian silversmiths.

The group is dated to the second half of the 4th century.

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