Urartian Infantryman
Sargon II period

[Iranian allies or subjects, wearing skin cloaks, from the west Zagros Mountains]
An extract from
Armies and Enemies of Ancient Egypt and Assyria, 3200BC to 612BC
by Alan Buttery


84.    Urartian Infantryman

This warrior wears no helmet and is armed with a spear and carries a rectangular wicker shield with edging of either wood or leather or, in some cases, metal.

The plain tunic reaches to just above the knee and is secured at the waist by a girdle of ribbon from which hangs a tassel or some pendant object. The cloak, which has apparently only one sleeve, is secured at the neck and is of sheepskin or goatskin.
[Based on sculptures of Sargon II at Dur-Sharrukin (Khorsabad; 'Sargon's city'), room 14,
"The Assyrians Besiege and Assault the city of Pazashi (Panzish), in 715BC"
]
[West Zagros Iranian wicker shield and grip]


Next: 87 Urartian Chief, in Armies and Enemies of Ancient Egypt and Assyria by Alan Buttery
See also Urartu: The Kingdom of Van, Opposition for the Assyrians by Clive Naseby
Iranian Warrior 8th Century B.C., Sargon II period, in Armies of the Ancient Near East 3,000 BC to 539 BC by Nigel Stillman & Nigel Tallis




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