Friday, April 19, 2013


having the benefit of the digital canvas one can manipulate an image almost endlessly - well, I am just doing that with the sketch I showed to you last time.

I started with this one - added quiver and changed the bow case - here you can see the very interesting study on the Polish and Turkish/Tatar bow cases and quivers (in Russian, but pictures can speak for themselves)

...then progressed to this version, where I changed the position of the bow case to more realistic

and finally this is the last variation, rotated the quiver and will add the sword etc

and so  now I have decided I am going to work with the last version :)

I am always interested in the history of Asia, especially nomadic Asian, horsemanship and warriors - recently there has been a major discovery in Japan of VII century AD remains of a war horse with his metal trappings and tack, so often seen in the  so called haniwa horses (eg this one), but had never been found in the burials - nota bene great haniwa of a warrior here.  I would like to see some  art and artifacts showing horse tack and warriors of the same period ( III-VIII centuries AD) from Three Kingdoms of Korea, to contrast and compare with the Japanese horsemen of the Kufun period.



Philip said...

Good to see someone else is also interested in this lesser-known part of Japanese history!! Great news about the horse burial!! Thanks for the info.
They unearthed some large metal scales from a horse barding earlier, but without bones. These scales together with the Haniwa statuettes of fully armed warriors
proved that they, like the Koreans, also had cataphracts in their armies. We can safely say that Korean development of arms and armor certainly influenced a great deal the Japanese arms and armour during this period.
No wonder, taken into account the close relations with the Koreans
(Japan depended on the iron-ore from Korea)they had.
You can find colour illustrations of cataphracts based on the Haniwa figure like the one you posted in this books:
-Osprey: Early Samurai 200-1500AD
plate C, nr.3 Iwai figure.
-The history of Japanese Armor Volume 1

Hope you will stay on top of this item and one day will have enough info to make a great drawing of such a Kofun-period cataphract.


Dario T. W. said...

Many thanks Philip :) , by the way we can find a reconstruction of the Korean period cataphract in the Chinese Tang Armies by Montvert Pub., too bad the author never has written the Korean armies books, as he hinted in his Tang armies book. I have no access to the history of Japanesse Armor, unfortunately, at this moment, but I do have the Osprey one. I will get to the Kofuns one of these day. I have been sketching the Tangs et al.

Philip said...

If you can give me your e-mail adress, I will try to look up some articles about Korean and Japanese armour during the Kofun period and Three Kingdoms Period.
I can't garantee anything, but I will surely do my best.
Are there more Tang to follow?


Dario T. W. said...

hey Philip - much obliged in any case - my address - ''darajawausz [@] gmail [.] com ''- the spaces and '[]' just to try preventing the spamming, so when you write the email address remove them - many thanks