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The Toreutics Of Colchis In The 5th-4th Centuries BC Local Traditions, Outside Influences, Innovations

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This chapter discusses two silver vessels: a silver aryballos from the mid-5th century BC burial No.11/1969 in Vani and a silver goblet from the ritual complex No.1 of the Ulyap barrow No.1 in the Kuban basin, dated to the late 5th-early 4th century BC. The examples of Lydian metalware found in Colchis are discussed, including the phiale with the votive inscription to the temple of Apollo in Phasis found in the later Sarmatian burial in the Kuban basin. The problem of the 'International Achaemenid style' and the regional school of Achamenid-inspired toreutics are analysed. The author comes to the conclusion of the strong influence of toreutics of the Lydian-Ionian school and Anatolia in a broad sense of this term on the local school of toreutics, which emerged in Colchis in the 5th-4th centuries BC.

Keywords: Colchis; international achaemenid style; Lydia; metalware; silver vessels; toreutics



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