1. virtual-artifacts:

    Matrix of greenish limestone for stamping leather Afghanistan; end of 12th-beginning of 13th century

    Wallet, stamped leather Eastern Iran or Afghanistan; end of 12th-beginning of 13th century H: 10.1; W: 8.2 cm The wallet has a decoration that was made by stamping the leather in a matrix (see e.g. 4/2002), after which the background around the stamped pattern was dyed dark brown. The pattern consists of arabesques populated by running four-legged animals and birds – a decoration that was also used in metalwork from Khorasan and Afghanistan from about 1200. On the back of the wallet are remnants of the leather straps that made it possible to attach the wallet to its owner’s belt.

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  2. fishstickmonkey:

    Leather Lamellar Armor

    Date: 15th–17th century
    Culture: Eastern Tibetan, probably Kham
    Medium: Leather, shellac, gold, pigments
    Dimensions: laid out flat, H. 33 5/8 in. (85.4 cm); W. 55 1/2 in. (141 cm)
    Classification: Armor for Man

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  3. medieval-women:

    Börte Üjin

    Khatun (Grand Empress) of the Mongol Empire

    Born c. 1161 – Died 1230

    Claim to fame: despite being abducted and held captive, Börte went on to become a powerful woman, the head of the first Court of Genghis Khan and Khatun, or Grand Empress of his Empire.

    Börte married Temüjin (later known as Genghis Khan) at age seventeen but was kidnapped soon after by a rival tribe, the Mergids. She remained captive for eight months before she was rescued by Temüjin. Some scholars consider her rescue, which saw the utter defeat of the Mergids, as one of the key crossroads in Temüjin’s life which led to his future as a conqueror. Shortly after her rescue, Börte gave birth to a son, Jochi, but the paternity of the child was uncertain given that her captor had forced himself on her. Fortunately, Temüjin claimed Jochi as his son.

    When Temüjin became the Great Khan, Börte became the Khatun and helped rule the Mongol homeland during the Khan’s long absences. She was among the Khan’s most trusted advisors, the head of his first court and ruler of her own territory along the Kherlen River. She was considered to be intelligent and diplomatic, traits which garnered her great esteem from the Mongol people.

    Börte’s four sons, five daughters and their descendants were the key bloodline of the Mongol Empire.

    She is rumoured to have said of her husband: “He’s afraid of me – and of dogs, too.”

    NB: As I could find no reliable image of Börte, I have included these images of other Khatuns who were her near contemporaries and can be seen wearing distinctive gugu headdresses.

    Sources: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

  4. medieval-women:

    Women’s Highly Decorated 14th Century Short Overjackets, Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), China.

    1. Women’s silk gauze overjacket, decorated overall with gold leaf in a small, repeating pattern of rosettes.

    2. Woman’s silk gauze overjacket with silk embroidery in the Manchijiao (“pond of beauty”) pattern. Ninety-nine vignettes cover the front and back of the jacket in an offset arrangement, and a larger scene of egrets at a lotus pond appears on each shoulder.

    Items from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Museum.


  5. 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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  6. 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)

  7. 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
  8. ytellioglu:

    A Saljuq Mināʾi bowl, 12th-13th centuries

  9. 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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  10. invisiblestories:

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

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