Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A miniature Sassanian soldier figurine

 Nadeem Ahmad, friend of mine, student of medicine and history,  and a fine reenactor from UK, specialising in the ancient Persia (Achaemenid, Sassanian etc)




 graciously brought to my attention this image:

It comes from a website of Aventine Minitures,excellent miniature soldiers & horses,    and it shows the scene of  Sassanian king Shapur I and warriors with the Roman Emperor Philip Arab kneeling in submission ( source - Naqsh-e Rustam Sassanian rock relief and artwork supplied by the immortal Angus McBride's illustration painted  for dr David Nicolle's The Sassanian Army). It is nicely explained on the Aventine Miniatures page devoted to this composition, and here the actual Shapur's inscription from Naqsh-e Rustam.
A larger, historical  drawing from my previous post - relief at Bishapur

The foreground  figure  is based on my illustration for Patryk Skupniewicz's article in the Ancient Warfare magazine done some years ago:

Nota bene I enjoy novels written  by the British historian Harry Sidebottom -series Warrior of Rome - dealing with this period of Roman-Persian relations. I am currently reading the last one - Wolves of the North.
A post from David Palumbo's blog on shooting (photographing) artwork . David comes from an illustrious art family - Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell


Uwe said...

As I am working on some 3rd century armies (thanks to Harry Sidebottom) I am wondering if the infantry of the Sassanids was as colourful as the cavalry.

So far the sources suggest no as they were simple cannon-fodder.

What do you think?


Dario T. W. said...

Harry's work is a fine historical fiction - :)
ad rem, well for one you have Daylam et all these confederations/statelets and dependencies of the north-western and northern Persia, highlanders inhabiting mountains, and providing strong infantry to the High King - Among them Armenians and perhaps Ibrians (Georgians) are shown on the Arch of Galerius (dr Nicolle has a reconstruction in his Sassanian Armies)
In the west you have examples from Dura Europos (eg synagoge) maile-clad infantry with shields.
It seems to me that officers must have been very colorful - just look at the Gerorgians in theri native garb today - and splendidly attired.
So there is some room here, I think.
Also, the best person to ask would have been patryk Skupniewicz or Andreas from Europa Barbarorum II team.
what you mean by saying you are woking on some 3rd cent armies? Figurines?
I would like to see some