Magyar? horseman on a silver dish from Muzhy

9th - 10th centuries



Source: Volga Bulgaria Silver of the 10th-14th centuries by Natalia V. Fedorova

Also as Dish with mounted warrior. Central Europe/Hungary, ca. 10th c. Silver, gilding. Found Muzhi, Berezovskii u., Tobol'sk.
Published: Smirnov no. 156; Darkevich pl. 56/2, p. 173.



Referenced as Figure 31B, Oriental Armour by H. Russell Robinson
A rock carving at Suljek in Siberia, probably representing an armed Avarian horseman, shows the conical helmet with Roman cheekguards and a long coat of lamellar armour with short sleeves. The lamellae are represented by rows of short vertical lines, the same convention as that used on a silver dish in the Hermitage at Leningrad showing an eighth-century Turkish horseman (Fig. 31B). Here the warrior is either turning his face away or is represented as wearing a veil of mail covering it. The mail is shown by a scale-like convention frequently met with in art, particularly in Persian and later Mughal miniatures. Like some Sāssānian warriors, this one wears a short sleeved mail shirt beneath his long coat of lamellar. Two other interesting features are in evidence on this dish. They are the large hair throat-plume attached to the throat-strap of the horse's bridle - an ornament that was to be copied in eighteenth-century Europe with Polish and Hungarian uniforms, both under strong Turkish influence and an early representation of the stirrup.



Referenced as figure 444 in The military technology of classical Islam by D Nicolle
444. Silver dish, 8th century AD, west Turkistānī, Hermitage, Leningrad (Rob QA).

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