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Mask of Berel horse
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Masterpiece

Masks with horns of a mountain goat, dressed in the ceremonial horse of Saka leader, identified in the materials of the barrow, mark a very complex and profound notional phenomenon whose significance goes far beyond the usual arts and crafts destination of similar articles.

History of the Object
Berel barrow is located in the picturesque valley of the Altai, where an international archaeological expedition was led by Z. Samashev from 1997 to 1999. In Berel barrow, burials of Scythian-Saka elite and 13 horses were found. The four horses had a mask with the horns of mountain goats. The mask was the index and an identifier of horses belonging to the nomadic elite of Pazyryk society. According to the ideology of Saka tribes, horns of mountain goats symbolize the divine origin of the animals living on the celestial top of the Altai Mountains.

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Type
Other 
Materials
wood, leather, gold foil 
Measurements
 
Creator name
Saka tribes lived on the territory of Altai  
Creator date
2300-2200 years BC  
Where it was made
East Kazakhstan 
Geography
Kazakhstan 
Time period
- BCE 
Creation date
2300-2200 years BC  
Function
Mask of horse with horns of mountain goat – index of a high social status  
Acquisition
It was acquired from the Presidential Center of Cuture in 2014. 
Copyright
National museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
Acknowledgements
Republic of Kazakhstan 
Owner
National museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
Museum
National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
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