Achaemenid Pottery plaque, battle between Lapiths and Centaurs - two Griffons at either side , Circa 550-330 BC

Material:  Terracotta
Conservation:  Good condition
Material:  Terracotta
Dimensions:  30 x 9 cm
Provenance:  Archaeological Gallery, Israel, 2014. Export authorization from the Israel Antiquities Authority No. 5255801 with date 01/06/2014 / This piece is accompanied by an export certificate from the Spanish Ministry of Culture No. 2020/01841 with date 13/03/2020 and certificate of authenticity.
Exhibited:  Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)
On request
Ref m6067 Category Tag

This decorative plaque depicts a fight scene involving several characters: in the central part an archer shoots at a being that appears to be a Centaur, half-man and half-horse. At either end are two Griffon – sphinxes representing the union between the human and the mythological. The scene is framed by a bordered frame that further enhances the beauty of the ornamentation.

These items are of great importance because in a warrior society, objects of this kind that show us their customs and traditions are rare. Secondly, because, being a transhumant civilisation, it is difficult to find items of everyday use.

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