Golden sculptures: ancient and modern products

Since ancient times people have referred to gold, a magic metal that brings happiness, joy, health. Himself a yellow noble metal in the eyes of man were in harmony with the color of the sun, its warmth and light enabling life to continue. Gold did sacred objects, magic talismans, gold was money as the equivalent of the value of material goods.

Even in the oldest States of the world gold sculptures were something special, out of the ordinary. About them lay down their legends, they came to see, they were proud of not only the rulers, but also entire Nations and continents.

Most of the gold sculpture (usually an idol in the temple) was designed to demonstrate the power power in the fear of the neighbors. Sometimes rulers sought to appease the gods in moments of natural disaster or inner turmoil. Such luxury can afford not all. Interestingly, the story often tells about a particular ruler only the fact of their involvement in the creation of a huge Golden statue that says that a gold megalomania often suffered not the most outstanding personality.

Ancient Golden statue appeared in Mesopotamia, or rather in Nineveh. We are talking about the statue of the goddess Rhea, who was cast out of 250 tonnes of gold by order of the legendary Queen Sammuramat (of Babylon). The statue was a sacrifice to the gods and the altar at the same time. Sammuramat – the only woman ruler in the history of the Ancient East. The statue is intended as thanks to the gods who helped the Queen take power. It is known that the Golden set, the monument was after the previous victim (gold statue weighing in at 30 tons) was “rejected” by the gods – the Queen of the dead daughter.

A large statue of a picture of sitting on the throne of the mother goddess surrounded by lions-altars.

Outstanding victim didn’t help that the ruler fell from the hand of his own son. The heirs of the statue sawed in half and melted down. In Mesopotamia, things were changing quickly.


Another monumental Golden sculpture was created during the Late time in Egypt. Still the validity of posts on this impressive sculpture is not proven. However, in written sources it is retold dozens of times. We are talking about a giant gold phallus, made by order of the Pharaoh Ptolemy Philadelphus in the year of famine in Egypt. The length of this “product” was about 60 meters, diameter – 3 meters. The sculpture was adorned with crowns, and transported her 1000 bulls in harness.

The point of this expensive and weird ceremony easy to explain – this giant symbol of fertility was intended to appease the gods and to give a bumper crop. The fate of the Golden monster is unknown.

The Golden Horde in his peak is also famous for gold statues. Richer after the raids on the rich Russian cities and imposing their tribute, Batu Khan ordered the entire production converted into gold and smelt of two sculptures of horses. Inserting into the eye through the Golden horses rubies Lord commanded to decorate the city gates of the capital of their Empire.

Changed capital changed rulers, but Golden horses continued to decorate the gates of the Khan’s residences. They disappeared in the days of Mamai. Their fate is unknown. Preserved only legends thrilling fans treasure.

There are Golden sculptures have survived until now, and only recently made.


In Bangkok’s Chinatown holds the statue of Buddha made of pure gold in the 13th century. Then, the statue was considered lost until it was revealed amazing: it turns out during one of the bloodiest wars of the monks covered the Golden statue with plaster to protect them from greedy foes. A small shard of plaster revealed the secret. The weight of the Golden Buddha is about 6 tons, 3 meters in height. The classic image of the enlightened one in the Lotus posture can be observed by anyone during big Buddhist holidays.


A sculpture of the famous Kate moss, called “Siren” made the famous contemporary sculptor Marc Quinn. The figure is made of pure gold, weight – 50 kg. the Sculpture depicts a celebrity in a challenging posture during exercises of yoga. Today the artwork is considered to be the most expensive. The original was sold at auction for nearly a million dollars to an anonymous Asian collector, and a copy (not gold, but bronze) is in the British Museum.