AN IMPORTANT GOLD MINIATURE REPLICA OF THE "TIARA OF SAITAPHARNES"

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by israel roukhomosvsky, odessa, 1905

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The helmet-shaped hinged miniature tiara enriched with finely cast and chased concentric bands, depicting two famous episodes from the Iliad; Agamemnon surrendering the captured Briseis to Achilles, seated on a throne; and Achilles pouring a libation before the funeral pyre of Patroclus, above a further band depicting scenes from hunting, horses being tamed and animals fighting, a further band inscribed in Greek characters notes that the head-dress was offered to the Scythian King Saitapharnes by the inhabitants of the City of Olbia in the Crimea, the top is pierced with scrolls and anthemia below a coiled snake finial, the base engraved in French La tiare de Saitapharnes copie reduite par son anteur I. Ronkhomovsky Paris Salon 1905