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Lavra. Museum of Historical Treasures.

Picture by Oleg Baranovsky.

The collection of golden articles from various periods of history, including the treasures from the Gaimanov grave and Tolstaya grave, gigantic Scythian burial mounds dating back to the fourth century B.C. On display is the burial of a Scythian queen with her child from Tolstaya grave. Among the treasures found in the burial mound are a gold sheath of a short sword (akinaka) decorated with reliefs, openwork masks, golden plaques and pendants, and a splendid relic of antique jeweller's skill, a massive gold pectoral (breast ornament) with scenes of Scythian everyday life and mythological motifs (fourth century B.C.)

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