>>> Last several months, I've been studying arts and crafts of ancient tribes that lived across the waste area: from Balkan and southern-eastern Europe, over Ukraine and Russia to Central Asia and even further. I wanted to see if there is any continuity and similarities between the arts of "different" cultures and to figure out where to look for its' origins, so I started my research from as early as from mesolithic and neolithic age. I have tried to conduct my own comparative research and looked for things like pottery and ceramic figurines, tombstones and burial sites, textiles, scripts, and, of course, jewelry.
While the overall picture now looks less foggy to me, I still have to do a lot more of research, to be able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. As I learn and discover, my attitudes are constantly changing, primarily in regard to what I have learned earlier in my life. For example, as an art student, during the history of art classes and by reading mainstream literature, that was most of the time the only one available.
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Gold: cast, forged, chased. Diam. 17.3-19 cm ;
Meotian Culture. Late 4th century BC;
Karagodeuashkh Barrow, Kuban, Krasnodar Region (formerly Giaghinsky District of Kuban Region);
Russia (now Ukraine);Source: xoxol.org