Panel with cavalry combat, Ghaznavid, c.1100
David Collection, Copenhagen
A larger image of this panel with cavalry combat, Ghaznavid, c.1100. David Collection, Copenhagen.
Fragment of a marble panel carved on both sides
Afghanistan, Ghazna; c. 1100
Height: 46; Width: 85; Depth: 8 cm
The panel probably comes from a parapet that demarcated an outside area in a palace, perhaps a kind of balcony.
Other pieces of the same parapet were found in the Ghaznavids’ old capital of Ghazna.
All show related motifs: hunting scenes, dancing women, battle scenes or tournaments, and processions of exotic animals.
This range of motifs was exceedingly popular in the early and medieval Islamic world – especially in a princely context –
but rarely has survived on such a monumental scale as on these panels.
The faces were presumably mutilated by strictly religious Muslims.
Inv. no. 23/1989
Source: David Collection, Copenhagen
Animals on the rump of a horse are common on Bowls from Nishapur, Kurasan, Iran, 9th-10th centuries, Saffarid-Samanid period
See also Wall paintings from one of the Ghaznavid palaces at Laškarī Bāzār in central Afghanistan
Silver Bowl, from Iran or Afghanistan, Ghaznavid?, 11th century, Hermitage, St. Petersburg, S-499
Other 11th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers