Video clip, courtesy Elina Mirchva, Archaeological Museum, Varna
A PAIR OF MAGNIFICENT NIKE EARRINGS FROM ANCIENT ODESSOS (VARNA) THRACE, LATE 4TH CENTURY BC, ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM VARNA, BULGARIA.
The Nike earrings are on mirror image. They are the only examples to have come from ancient Odessos. The figures are naked except for billowing cloaks and scarves. They wear sandals and earrings. Each Nike holds a Thracian rhyton aloft in her right/left hand. A phiale (offering dish) is held in the opposite hand so that a libation might be poured into it.
The rhyton has a horn-shaped body which transforms into the protome of a deer. The body is cast with crisp flutes that gradually widen towards the top. On these earring the choice of a Thracian rhyton rather than the usual wine jug is significant. It was clearly chosen to suit the preferences of the Thracian market.
SILVER, GILT RYHTON - RITUAL DRINKING CUP - WITH PEGASUS PROTOME
GOLD OLIVE LEAF WREATH ABOVE
|Necklace with a medallion, Aphrodite and Eros, Archaeological Museum, Varna|