The Center for the Study of the Eurasian Nomads (CSEN)


Reconstruction of the Issyk Warrior-Priestess

This is a reconstruction of a burial, although unsexed, was most probably that of a female warrior priestesses. Her tall conical hat had many gold plaques including those representing Tien Shan snow leopards, and The Tree of Life with birds sitting on the branches. These are representations associated with the of fertility cult.


The Goldi in southern Siberia believed that the birds sitting in a tree represented souls about to be born.