1. asianhistory:

    Herding Horses, Han Geng. 8th c. Tang Dynasty, National Palace Museum of Taiwan. Digitally retouched photograph, ink on silk. 

    One of the most important artists working during this period was Han Kan (sic), considered to have been the supreme painter of horses. These animals were tremendously admired in China, and they were the subject of countless stories and fables extolling them as free, proud, noble creatures. A symbol of wealth and luxury, the Emperor Ming Huang— admirer of poets, painters, and beautiful women, and a keen lover of horses— had over forty thousand thoroughbreds in his stable. 

    When Han Kan was called to the Court, about the middle of the 8th century, the emperor advised him to study the painting of horses under Chi’en Hung, a contemporary Court painter. Han Kan ignored the suggestion, which was the equivalent to a command. When the emperor scolded him, he replied: “I have been learning how to paint horses, and every one of the horses in the Imperial Stables has been my teacher.”

    His fame increased with the passage of time so that a later critic wrote: “When Han Kan painted horses, he was truly a horse.” This was the supreme compliment, as it meant that the artist had achieved such full identification that he was able to transmit the inner spirit of the horse.”

    Chinese Art, Judith and Arthur Hart Burling, 1953.  

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  2. mirekulous:

    Scythian Stele/grave stone (balbal) in Kyrgyzstan…

    Balbals (from the Turkish word for ancestor or grandfather) are anthropomorphic stone tomb markers which serve as memorials to the dead. They are found primarily in Central Asia, Russia, Siberia and Mongolia; these examples from Kyrgyzstan are from the 6th to 10th centuries.

    By **El-Len**

    (Source: elohai, via leradr)

  3. mediumaevum:

    Medieval Islamic Art

    1. Blue and White bowl, Iran, 13th century, fritware, painted in cobalt blue under a transparent glaze
    2. Capital, 10th century Spain, Madinat al-Zahra
    3. Qur’an Bifolio- Probably Tunisia, late 9th – early 10th century, vellum, ink, gold, silver, blue dye
    4. Casket, 13th century Mosul, decorated with polychrome lustre
    5. Chess pieces, quartz., 10th century, Fatimid period
  4. ytellioglu:

    A Saljuq Mināʾi bowl, 12th-13th centuries

  5. 5centsapound:

    Ara Guler’s Anatolia

    Turkey’s most well-known photographer, has taken more than 800,000 photographs documenting Turkish culture and important historical sites.  Featured are photographs of medieval Seljuk and Armenian buildings that Güler, who is now eighty-five years old, took in the early 1960s and printed in 1965.

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  6. invisiblestories:

    Daniel Schwartz, Sasanid and Seljuk Ruins of Bam, Iran (from the series Travelling through the Eye of History) (1995)

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  7. adokal:

    Miniature from a copy of al-Jazari’s Kitab fi marifat al-hiyal al-handasiyya, ‘Machine Pouring Wine’, Syria or Egypt; 1315. The David Collection, Copehagen, Denmark.


  8. adokal:

    'Iskandar Contemplates the Peoples Gog and Magog', Miniature from a copy of Firdawsi’s Shah-nama made for Qiwamuddawla wa’l-Din Hasan, Iran, Shiraz; 1341. The David Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark.


  9. Mongol passport (paizi), Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), 13th century

    (Source: asianhistory)

  10. omgthatdress:


    Caucasian, 8th century AD

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art