Paintings from the Tatarlı Tumulus
Lydian tomb chamber built around 470 B.C. in southern Phrygia


Original wooden beam.


Reconstruction of the beam above. Pictures source: Türkei: Wiederherstellung einer bemalten Holzgrabkammer in Tatarli


A larger image of Persian cavalry on the left above. Tatarli Tumulus.



Reconstruction of the central scene above with a Persian chariot and infantry defeating Scythians.



Another reconstructed fragment of Tatarli frieze.
These reproductions allow viewers an opportunity to compare them with the originals and, potentially, be able to distinguish more colours and figures. Impressive drawings depicting scenes of battle between the Persians and Scythians, a funerary procession and Hercules’ Geryon adventure are not only exciting in terms of art but also in historical discourse. Scenes with dozens of figures give us important information about the lifestyles and beliefs of peoples who lived in Anatolia in the 5th century B.C. Recent dendrochronology provides an end-date for the Tatarli Tumulus wood is 531 B.C. ± 37. This is of interest because the painted scenes of phalanxes, sphinxes, griffins, and birds on the squared inner faces of the gable-end logs are strongly reminiscent of late 6th century Attic Black Figure vase painting.
Source: Looted Tatarli Tumulus has been restored @ Past Horizons

A computer reconstruction of the tomb chamber of Tatarlı Tumulus.


Original painted beam from the Tatarli Tumulus.
Pictures source: Past Horizons


Original painting of Persian cavalryman.



See also Gold Model of an Achaemenid Persian Chariot, Oxus Treasure, 6th-7th Century BC
Other Ancient Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers
Illustrations of Persian Costume and Soldiers
Illustrations of Scythian, Saka and Sarmatian Costume and Soldiers
Index of Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers


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