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Byzantine style soldiers in

Simon of Cyrene Carrying the Cross for Jesus

14th century wall painting, Church of Panagia Phorbiotissa, Asinou, Cyprus


Referenced on p291, Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle
767A-B 'Way of the Cross', wall-painting, Crusader Kingdom of Cyprus, 14th-15th centuries
(in situ Church of Panagia Phorbiotissa, Asinou, Cyprus)

Other paintings in the Church of Panagia Phorbiotissa are in a more traditional artistic style but are also much more difficult to date. Here, soldiers (B) in short-sleeved but variously represented mail hauberks carry maces and spears. Their helmets have hanging aventails in the Turkish or Islamic manner and are conical or have slightly forward-angled crowns. They also have small brims. The officer (A) differs in that his armour is shown as a lamellar cuirass. His helmet again has a mail aventail but also has a wider brim, making it a type of chapel-de-fer. His shield is a large round type. Even though this wall-painting may date from as late as the 15th century, the style of relatively light armour that it portrays was probably common in 14th century Byzantium.
The Betrayal of Jesus by Judas, Church of Panagia Phorbiotissa, Asinou, Cyprus

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