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The room is situated in the part of the Winter Palace where auxiliary
services were originally located. The exhibition features unique
objects unearthed on the territories of the Northern Black Sea Coastlands
and Northern Caucasus. These artifacts, created by Scythian, Greek
and ancient Oriental craftsmen, iinclude ceremonial arms, plates
and dishes, bits of horse harness and decorations for clothing.
All these articles were buried in the barrows of Scythian and Sarmatian
"kings" (5th-3rd centuries BC), the most famous of them being
the Solokha and Chertomlyk mounds. The room also introduces the
incidental findings from the Stavropol hoard (4th century BC)
with 19 golden items, and the Pereshchepinsky hoard (7th century).
The treasures from the latter attract particular interest owing
to the fact that they had been found in the burial of Cubrat, the
Khan of the Great Bulgaria. A separate show-case demonstrates jewelry
objects made by the masters of Ancient Iran, Byzantium, Egypt, Armenia,
Georgia and Northern Caucasus (5th century BC-17th century A.D.).