Working Title/Artist: Nushirvan Eating Food Brought by the Sons of Mahbud: Folio from the Shahnama (Book of Kings)Department: Islamic ArtCulture/Period/Location: HB/TOA Date Code: Working Date: 1330s photography by mma, Digital File DP215674.tif retouched by film and media (jn) 9_28_15Warfare, on Altervista, is a priceless repository of images of/links to warriors (and a great many other people) organized by century and region. Of the most interest is Illustrations of Ilkhanid Mongols and Successors in 14th-Century Persia.

Qaraqalpaq: A Short History of Veiling up to the 16th Century covers the period before, during, and after the Ilkhanids and analyzes several of the pictures I’ve been examining as examples of veiled Mongol women.

The Shahnama Project

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection of Mongol art


Ilkhanid era (c. 1258 – c. 1336)

Folios from the Great Mongol Shahnama, 14th century

A discussion of Ilkhanid copies of the Shahnama with sample illustrations

Timurid era (c. 1370-1507)

In later Timurid art, men of the court continue to dress in Mongol style, but women dress in Persian style,


Wealthy Married Women’s Clothing

A rare example of an extant “red tent,” this time in cloth-of-gold. Central Asia, 13th century. It confirms many of the features from the drawings: the voluminous girth, the hanging sleeves ending in fitted cuffs, the crossover flap that connects near the waist. Also interesting are the closures farther down the flap of the gown, which belted robes lack.

Another “red tent” with more explanation

A discussion of the boqtaq, placing it in context with other Central Asian women’s headdresses.


Related Topics: Mongols in China

Mongol Clothing in the Yuan Dynasty


Related Topics: Mongols in Central Asia

Female costume of the golden horde period from burial 93 of the maiachnyi bugor i cemetery in the Astrakhan region of Russia


Modern Reconstructions