BOOK 4. MELPOMENE
In the face of danger, the Scythians often concluded pacts of friendship, consecrated with an oath. For this purpose, according to Herodotus, they poured wine into an earthenware bowl, mixed with drops of blood from all parties to the pact. Then they submerged a sword, arrows, an axe, and a spear in the wine, while uttering special incantations over the weaponry. Afterwards they passed the bowl around in a circle, letting all those who were present take a drink from it. The ritual bowls of the Scythians bore the outlines of animals, including panthers, a symbol of strength and readiness for battle. Its image adorns the card.
DIMENSIONS 85,6/54/0.9 mm
WEIGHT 23,583 gr.
BLUE DIAMONDS 120 pcs. 0,900 ct
ORNAMENTAL MATERIALS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES: mother of pearl, jasper