Fatimid Ceramic Wall-Plaque from the Sabra Palace, 11th century


Ceramic wall-plaque from the Sabra Palace, Tunisia, mid-11th century. It shows a bearded infantryman with sword, small round shield and perhaps quilted armour facing a beardless horseman. (Bardo Museum, Tunis.)
Source: p9, MAA - 200 - El Cid and the Reconquista 1050-1492 by David Nicolle.

Referenced on p9, The Moors - The Islamic West - 7th-15th Centuries AD by David Nicolle:
... a combat between a bearded Arab or Berber infantryman and a 'moon-faced' Turkish cavalryman. The former has a long straight sword, a small round buckler, and is wearing a long-sleeved coat which is probably the quilted soft armour described in several sources.



Referenced as figure 194 in The military technology of classical Islam by D Nicolle
194. Ceramic plaque from Sabra, mid-11th century AD, Maghribī, Bardo, Tunis



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