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Plaque of Griffin with Outstretched Wings from Horse Tack

Plaque of Griffin with Outstretched Wings from Horse Tack

Thirteen horses were included with the burial in Berel kurgan 11, and each set of decorated horse tack highlighted a single motif. They include representations of real animals, such as paired deer heads and argali (horned sheep) heads, as well as fantastic creatures, including eagle-griffin heads and standing eagle-griffins with their wings outstretched as seen here. Many were further decorated with foil made from beaten tin or gold.
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