Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Kofun Period Armor - Japan armored horsemen

 Salvete Omnes,

continuing from the last post - Kofun Period in Japan

let us travel to old Japan - some 1700-1400 years ago of the Kofun period.

the very beginning of the Japanese civilization and the equestrian elements of their culture - horses, armor, and swords and warrior elite (early samurai)  under the celestial emperors.


Haniwa calry figure warriors in armor

what is a warrior without a warrior-bard with some music singing songs and poems about glory and prowess

all images are from Wiki Commons galleries


Monday, May 30, 2022

Kofun Japan - horses and tack

 Salvete Omnes,


from the archives at Wiki Commons come these elements of the earliest Japanese horse tack - Kofun Japan & Korean Kingdoms  

Both haniwa figures and actual material objects are corralled in this post - 




-horse tack pieces & stirrups



 - saddle


backing of the cantle 

 horse armor


Sunday, May 29, 2022

Ottoman horsemen by August Querfurt

 Salvete Omnes,


let us gallop to the atelier of a XVIII century Viennese painter August Querfurt - and his portrayal of Ottoman horsemen - from the collections of National Museum in Wroclaw.


and some battles between the Imperial horsemen and Ottoman riders





here a horseman in the foreground has a javelin - cirit/jereed type


Friday, May 27, 2022

Korea Kingdoms and their horsemen

Salvete Omnes,

Korea (the whole peninsula back then)  - almost 1,800 through 1000 years ago - was the land of horsemen, horse archers and armored warriors and their horses.



The  warriors  - of Gaya Confederacy, Goguryeo Kingdom , Silla etc -  wore metal cuirasses and helmets and were armored lance wielding  horsemen and horse archers.

interesting cuirasses of the period - 






and swords


nota bene  I do enjoy Korean historical and fantasy  movies and TV series