Thursday, June 16, 2011
Post Islamic Conquest - Persian Rider
this is a drawing from a post-Sassanian silver plate done in a style of Sassanian metal work showing royal hunts. One of the foremost experts on this art was late professor Boris Marshak, excerpts from his book with plates are here Marshak's toreutics .
This figure is the central fragment of this plate from Hermitage - http://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/museums/shm/shmsasanian.html - from so called Greater Khorasan , made most likely in late VII century or later, showing a prince Pur-i (Pur-e) Vahman - so named in works by Marshak, Darkevich, Lukonin, Harper etc, or according to Yaacov Lev this is Arabian conqueror Ibn Rahman (however Lev's info on the horse tack and horse traditions is suspect) - galloping on his fine steed with a fully drawn bow.
A 'reconstruction' drawing along with more information on this warrior's horse and equipment will follow later this month, fingers crossed.