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Mounted Mongol Warriors

Painting shows mounted warriors armed with bow and arrows in combat


In this watercolor illustration from the Compendium of Chronicles, the enormous hemispheric history by the learned official Rashid al-Din finished around 1310, mounted Mongol warriors shoot bows and arrows while riding, a military tactic perfected by steppe warriors. The soldiers they are chasing are also Mongol dress, so this may represent a conflict between different Mongol groups. Mongol ideals of masculinity certainly included military prowess, but also other qualities, like loyalty to family.

This source is a part of the Masculinity and Femininity in the Mongol Empire teaching module.

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"Mounted Mongol Warriors," in World History Commons, [accessed April 16, 2024]