There is a very interesting article about Siberia’s Scythian masters
of gold in the June 2003 issue of National Geographics magazine.
There are several photographs of the jewelry created by the
Scythians 2700 years ago. One photo shows two different designs of
boars formed in gold. The amazing thing is that the two designs are
reproduced at least fifty times each. They are exact reproductions.
The pieces, found in a burial site in Siberia, once adorned a
Today we would order wax, investment, gold and mold making material
from a jewelry supplier. We would carve an original and make a
mold. We would put the reproduction waxes in a stainless steel
flask and pour purchased investment around them then place them into
an electric burn out oven. We would melt the gold either
electrically of with gas and pour the metal into the mold. HOW DID
THEY DO THAT 2700 YEARS AGO? Were the boars made by hammering gold
into a mold carved into stone? Shaping raw gold into that many
exact pieces would be impossible to do without some reproduction