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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.

Mounted warriors pursue enemies, Illustration of Rashid-ad-Din's Gami' at-tawarih, c.1310

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