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Comparison of Arab, Syrian or Byzantine Horse Archers on Silk, 7th-8th Centuries

Barham Gur Shoots a Lion and an Onager with One Arrow

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Silk fabric from the Shrine of St. Kunibert, 8th century AD Syrian, Erzbischöfliches Museum, Cologne.

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Oriental textile possibly of Syrian or Byzantine origin showing influence of Persian designs.
Date/Period: c. 600 AD.
Material: Silk.
Sacristy of St Vitus Cathedral, Prague.

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8th Century AD: Part of a medallion with two horsemen. Silk. Sant'Ambrogio, Milan. Used to cover the inner faces of doors of the gold altar (835) of Sant'Ambrogio.

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Fragmentary Textile with Hunting Motif
8th century
Moschevaya Balka
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.

Photo by Oleg Belaychuk
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"Barham Gur Shoots a Lion and an Onager with One Arrow" is based on Persian poems, e.g. "Haft Paikar" in the Khamsa by Nizami
Possibly woven in Constantinople using an eastern motif, for the western market.

See also a set of Egyptian or Arab Horse Archers on Islamic or Byzantine Samite (Twill Woven Silk)
Other Illustrations of Byzantine Costume & Soldiers
Other Illustrations of Arab Costume and Soldiers
Plates with figures from Persia and Central Asia

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