Primary Source

Sorghaghtani Beki and Tolui

  • Painting shows king and queen surrounded by others at court

Annotation

In this illustration from Rashid al-Din’s Compendium of Chronicles Sorghaghtani Beki and Tolui sit together on a pillowed throne. Here the artist depicts different aspects of ideal Mongol masculinity than do illustrations of warriors, as Tolui interacts in a dignified way with the court ladies and officials surrounding him. As in Rashid al-Din’s text, Sorghaghtani Beki is portrayed as calm and competent, sharing her husband’s duties.

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

Rashid al-Din, "Djami al-Tawarikh", c.1300

Credits

Reproduction in Genghis Khan et l’Empire Mongol by Jean-Paul Roux, collection “Découvertes Gallimard”

How to Cite This Source
Sorghaghtani Beki and Tolui in World History Commons,