Wednesday, 31 May 2023

Oxus chariot

The Oxus chariot is one of the most outstanding pieces in the Oxus Treasure, which dates from the fourth century BCE.
The model chariot is pulled by four ponies. In it are two figures wearing Median dress. The Medes were from Iran, the centre of the Achaemenid empire. The front of the chariot is decorated with the Egyptian dwarf-god Bes, a popular protective deity.
The likely origin for the treasure is a temple, where votive offerings were deposited. The treasure represents the most important survival of what was once great production of Achaemenid work in precious metal. Although found on the eastern frontier near Afghanistan, the technique of its metal-working shows that it must have been made in central Persia.
See ----->The Oxus Treasure