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Druzhina26 May 2017 10:44 p.m. PST
Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP27 May 2017 1:22 a.m. PST

Lovely- thanks for showing that!

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member27 May 2017 1:37 a.m. PST

Interesting figure wearing robes actually fighting as opposed to being court dress.

gavandjosh0227 May 2017 5:19 a.m. PST


Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2017 3:56 a.m. PST

There is a Munich museum site with some of the beams though not very clear
The Louvre's Achemenet link has some slightly better pictures of the beams, though taken from the same Munich museum. The previous version of this had far better pictures IIRC, but I can't get them on wayback.

link has some good pics of the Anatolians with their distinctive weapons and large shields.

The Skythians are a bit clearer on this, link but not much.

It'd be interesting to read the catalogue which was produced for the exhibition. I wonder if at least som eof the colours especially the blue has been used as an undercoat to make other colours applied over it stand out, especially against a raw wood background.. This has been the case in some other cases (though statues IIRC).

bilsonius28 May 2017 9:15 a.m. PST

The archers appear to be using the 'Eastern' thumb-ring release, with the arrow on the 'outside' of the bow. Presumably the middle fingers of the left hand would move at the moment of release.

Druzhina29 May 2017 10:47 p.m. PST

Thanks Swampster, I will add some images. Was your 4th link supposed to be the same as the 3rd?

The beams held in the Munich museum were returned to Turkey, a number of years ago, when they were found to be the missing beams.

Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers

gavandjosh0230 May 2017 4:42 a.m. PST

Thanks both Druzhina and Swampster

TKindred Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2017 5:13 a.m. PST


There is also a school of thought among some Macedonian and Greek history scholars that the blue and orange/rust colors denote iron and bronze, respectively.

I am not committed to this line of reasoning as yet, but those who support it make an interesting case.

Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2017 1:54 a.m. PST

The blue won't be representing iron in this particular case. It is being used on fabric and horses. Oddly, the small view of a long scene shows sections in white or tan which are blue on the close ups, e.g. chariot body, "ruler's" quiver and one of the horses.

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