The British Museum is currently hosting an exhibition featuring “Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia” that will be on display up to January 14, 2018. Some of the exhibits obtained by the British Museum are on loans from other prominent art institutions such as the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg (Russia), National Museum of Kazakhstan, and from the Royal Collection of the UK. The exhibition features Scythians who were a fearsome warrior population that reigned in Siberia about 2500 years ago.
Included in several British Museum tour, this exhibition is an excellent opportunity for visitors and historians to know more details about this warrior community. For the exhibition, the British Museum has collected numerous artifacts dating back to the Scythians sourced from their tombs and other burial sites. This has indeed offered a glimpse into the life and history of this little-known but powerful warrior community.
The Scythians were fierce nomadic tribes that dominated the regions in and around Siberia long before the Christian era. The reputation of these tribes as fearsome killers has led them to conflicts with other large thriving civilizations of that era such as the Greeks, Persians, and the Assyrians. The entire race of the Scythians eventually declined with most fleeing towards northern India and establishing their own kingdoms there.
The discovery of their tombs has unearthed many treasured artifacts such as weapons, jewelry, clothes, mummified warriors, etc. This has been immensely helpful in throwing light on the life and times of these fearsome nomadic warriors. Some notable objects featured in the exhibition are the mummified face of a Scythian warrior, a hemp-smoking device, gold plaques depicting the hunting of the Scythians, etc. Besides that, the exhibition also features the domestic things used by the Scythians such as drinking bowls, decorated leather bags, and gold jewelry.
The exhibition is a group effort of different museums, most notably the State Hermitage of Russia. By collaborating with such reputed museums around the world, the British Museum has facilitated the true means to preserve and propagate the treasured artifacts from history.
Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum, said, “We are delighted to be collaborating with the State Hermitage Museum on such a generous loan of Scythian objects and look forward to welcoming these important loans, and objects from other lenders, to London, to bring the extraordinary history of the Scythians to life.”