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.
Persian
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
Soghd region
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



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