Wall paintings from one of the Ghaznavid palaces at Laškarī Bāzār in central Afghanistan,

probably built by Masʿūd I (H421-32/1030-41)


Wall paintings depicting aligned guards, Lashkar-i Bazar. (After D. Schlumberger, Lashkari Bazar, fig. 122a)
Source: p74, Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Culture of the Islamic World, Volume 22
By Glru Necipoğlu, Julia Bailey
1. L'angle Sud-Est de l'iwn (personnages 9 22).

Detail of Guards


A Ghaznavid Ghulam by Ian Heath based on the wall paintings.
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Two guards, Lashkar-i Bazar. (After D. Schlumberger, Lashkari Bazar
, fig. 122b) Source: as above.

A Ghaznavid Ghulam by Graham Turner based on the wall painting.
2. Les personages 15 18.




Plate XXXI : Schlumberger, Le palais ghaznvide de Lashkari Bazar, Syria 29, 1952, pp. 251-70.



Click for images from Plate XXXII

Les personages 13 15.



A soft headdress resembling a turban in a
wall painting from room IV in the same palace.




Referenced in Elsie Holmes Peck, "The Representation of Costumes in the Reliefs of Taq-i-Bustan" in Artibus Asiae, Vol. 31, No. 2/3, 1969
At the Ghaznavid palace of Lashkari Bazar figures of the Turkish bodyguard of the Sultan on the walls of the Audience Hall wear girdles with long thongs reaching to the hem of the garment forming a decorative pattern on the skirt. The shorter lappets are used for the suspension of small articles, such as money bags, Schlumberger believes that originally the belt came from Chinese Turkestan, and he accounts for its presence here by the fact that the Turkish bodyguard probably imported the fashion from Central Asia and the steppes.




See also Panel with cavalry combat, Ghaznavid, c.1100. David Collection Museum, Copenhagen
Silver Bowl, from Iran or Afghanistan, Ghaznavid?, 11th century, Hermitage, St. Petersburg, S-499

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