An extract from Armies of the Middle Ages, Volume 2
by Ian Heath
33. PERSIAN MUSICIAN
See Jaylarid Musicians,
Late Timurid or Turkmen Musicians,
Bent Timurid Trumpets
The mounted bands that accompanied Persian armies were, like those of the Ottomans and Mamluks, composed principally of drums and trumpets.
In particular Tamerlane's armies used a 7-foot trumpet called a kourroun to transmit orders on the battlefield, and it is just such a trumpet that is depicted in this figure, from a Timurid ms. illuminated in Tabriz c. 1400.
Drummers usually had a pair of kettle-drums (called kus) slung one to either side of the saddle-bow.
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