Fatimid Manuscript with two soldiers, 11th - 12th Centuries

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Drawing of two warriors found in Fustat, Egypt, eleventh century. Ink on paper. Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo. Source.



Referenced on p32, MAA - 125 The Armies of Islam 7th-11th Centuries by David Nicolle:
One of the clearest painted fragments found in Egypt shows two 11th or early 12th century warriors. The dismounted horseman on the left is a Turk; he wears soft leather boots, and his straight sword hangs from a belt with similar decorative pendants to those seen in the Qasr al Hayr horse-archer fresco. The infantryman on the right, probably a Berber or Arab, seems to wear a mail shirt under his tunic.

Referenced on p15, MAA - 320 Armies of the Caliphates 862-1098 by David Nicolle:
This painted paper probably symbolised Turkish ghulam cavalry and Berber infantry in the 11th century Fatimid army. (Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo)

Referenced on p9, WAR - 010 Saracen Faris 1050-1250 AD by David Nicolle and Christa Hook:
Drawing on paper, from Fatimid Egypt, 11th/12th century. On the left a clean-shaven Turk in cavalry boots has a sabre hung from a belt with officer's pendants. On the right a turbaned Arab or Berber with a spear, sash and shoes wears a mail hauberk beneath his tunic.

Referenced on p100, God's Warriors, Knights Templar, Saracens and the Battle for Jerusalem by Helen Nicholson & David Nicolle:
Drawing on paper, from Fatimid Egypt, 11th/12th century. On the left a clean-shaven Turk in cavalry boots has a sabre hung from a belt with officer's pendants. On the right a turbaned Arab or Berber with a spear, sash and shoes wears a mail hauberk beneath his tunic.

Plate G, Men-At-Arms Series 125, The Armies of Islam 7th-11th Centures by David Nicolle & Angus McBride based on this Fustat manuscript.

A Fatimid Infantryman from Armies and Enemies of the Crusades 1096-1291 by Ian Heath, based on this Fustat manuscript.


Fatimid Illustrations of Soldiers and Hunters, 10th - 12th Centuries