This intimidating male headgear was found in the tomb of a Scythian chieftain in the Altai mountains in Siberia. Around 2,300 years old, it’s thought this headgear may have been worn by the chieftain in his final battle, as the damage to it corresponds with the fatal wounds on the man’s head.
The carving depicts the head of a fantastic eagle, holding a deer head in its beak, with figures carrying geese on either side. These elements were part of a complex headpiece which consisted of a decorated felt cap topped with an elaborate wooden crest. Swipe to see how this headgear would have been worn.
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Man’s headgear and illustration showing how it may have been worn. Burial mound 2, Pazyryk, Altai mountains, southern Siberia. Late 4th–early 3rd century BC. © The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, 2017. Photo: V Terebenin. Reconstruction drawing by E V Stepanova.
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