Ayyubid Horse-archer on a Bowl
North Syrian, 13th century
Description: Bowl; slipped and glazed pottery with splashes of green, brown, manganese, incised sgraffiato technique; represents a horseman.
Date: 13thC (circa)
Technique: slipped, sgraffito, incised & glazed
Dimensions: Diameter: 26.3cm Height: 11.7cm
Source: British Museum 1931,0716.1
Referenced as figure 129 in The military technology of classical Islam by D Nicolle
129, Ceramic bowl, 13th century AD, North Syrian, British Museum, London
pp453-4: Oddly enough there seem to be more illustrations of mamluk horse-archers from the later Ayyubid eras, in the 13th century, than from the days of Salah ad Din himself. Their equipment would appear to have been fairly standardized, with a minority wearing heavy armour and riding horses possibly with bards and chanfrons (Figs. 129, 291, 300, 304, 307, 308 and 651).
Ayyubids on a Ewer, Jazirah, 1246-1247, The Walters
Ayyubid Horse-archer on a bowl, 1st half of the 13th century, Louvre
Ayyubid Rider on a Bowl, 13th Century, British Museum
Other 13th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers