Plate with depiction of an armoured musician, 10th Century, Nishapur, Iran
The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
Footed Platter with Scene of Musician, 10th century C.E.
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Earthenware with slip and lead glaze
h x diam: 2 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches (5.72 x 33.66 cm)
Geographic Origin: Tajikistan
Source: The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
Referenced as figure 352 in The military technology of classical Islam by D Nicolle
352. Ceramic plate, 10th century AD, Kurāsānī, Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas (Greg B).
Referenced as figure 553 in Arms & Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350: Islam, Eastern Europe and Asia by David Nicolle
553 Painted plate from Nīshāpūr, Sāmānid, 10th century
(Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, United States)
Here a particularly fine representation of a seated warrior playing an ūd or lute shows some form of sleeveless armour worn beneath a broad belt.
The surface pattern would usually be taken to represent mail while the shape of the garment would normally indicate a lamellar cuirass.
The 'horns' of the helmet might depict raised cheek pieces or a form of crest.
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See also a Plate with depiction of a musician, 9-10th Century, Maimana, Afghanistan. The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait National Museum
Other 10th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers