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Khanum Sevindik Begotoglu of Steppe Federation by Gambargin Khanum Sevindik Begotoglu of Steppe Federation by Gambargin
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See:Sevindik Khanum of Desht-i Yurtubi (Cuman-Kypchak) by Gambargin




A sketch of Steppe Female warrior in the historically wrong sketch series, based on the Eurasian Steppe Tribes, such as the Cumans,Kipchaks, Penchenegs, Tatars and Magyars. I decided to draw the steppe women warrior after my colleague asked me if there's anything else that i have studied besides mongols, europeans, arabs and asians.

The steppe people of Eurasia, composed mostly of Turkic Tribal Federations (Cumans/Kipchacks,/Tatars), dominated the great steppe that stretches from present day Moldavia to Siberia. Much like their Mongolian brethren, they were expert horsemen and lived a nomadic lifestyle. Much of their historical account did not survive today, and some of their language were already extinct before the 20th century.

In my opinion, it can be said that not many of the steppe warriors (except for Mongolians) are depicted in artistically, in comparison to the more common European knights, oriental warriors or East Asian fighters. Unless you're talking about the Huns, but then again, would be an entirely different story.

In this sketch, Khanum Sevindik is the wife of the Khan of the Begotoglu clan of the steppe federation. She drawn with a stylized-almost-fictional Cuman attires, with the addition of mail underneath her padded clothing and scale gauntlet. This was done to give a strike contrast to the more heavily armored female warriors I've drawn so far.

Derived from the Original Sketch of Female Steppe Warrior fav.me/d6cbcnm

Inspired by the Music Enkh: Jargal - Great Eagle Dance

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DC-26 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
I often enjoy their expressions - they look happy / pleased... like there's nothing they'd rather be doing.
This is a great example.
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing!
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klmsilgi Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
great,  again and again...
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Moonchosen Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
LookingKeiko Ayano (Blush Overload) [V1]  for this details... Wonderful work!! Heart - Free 
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Thank you! I'm glad you like it :D
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Moonchosen Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hawkeye Welcome PLZ !! Squish Hug 
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ArwendeLuhtiene Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! I love steppe warrior-women :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
yeap, me too! I love their short-of independent lifestyle as well, makes them unique amongst all the other I've studied so far.
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Awesome piece! 
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joolita Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Do you think the horns at the side of her head are made with her own hair or is it a wig or some decorative strands? I love the design of the tunic it makes her look very feminine, even though she is wearing armour and holding weapons :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Wah, sorry for the late reply.

The horns, as far as I'm concerned would probably be ornamental wigs or decorative strand, something similar to the Mongolian Court Headdress won by the Nobles.

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And thanks for the compliment, as always :)
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artseeker007 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
so detailed and beautiful,as usual!
and many thanks for the information:)
about the word"khanum",do u have any etymology?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Salaam and thank you always for the compliment :)

Ah, as for Khanum, it's a feminine title akin to Khan, similiar to Shahzada (Male) and Shahzadi (Female). I'm not sure of their actual titles, as from what I've read they refer the leaders of the tribes as Khans instead of chieftain.
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artseeker007 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
thanks a lot:)
khanum is used as a respectful title for ladies in my country but i've never noticed its relevance with khan before,so i'm just curious to know whether it is persian or not!
thanks any way:)
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IRCSS Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it ^^ 
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Salaam! It's been a while, and thanks for the compliment!
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IRCSS Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np.
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013   Photographer
I really like this. I am pleased to see more people depicting Steppe peoples as accurately as this, instead of as "barbarians".
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
I agree, it's kinda sad that these people were depicted as barbarians, even if they had a well developed customs and were some of the finest artisans the world could see.

Maybe it's their practice of nomadic life, such as worshiping whatever animal they see first in the morning (Cumans shamanism practice, but not Tengrism), drinking horse blood, using something different for their scent (animal fat?), in contrast to the well structured religion of their neighbors, permanent structures and perfume derived from musk and olives....
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thebigleobowsiki Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
it really because of Genghis khan through his conquests of asia and the middle east at least killed 40 million people(not saying steppe culture was evil just him)
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013   Photographer
I think it's a lot of things, mostly their military prowess. Nobody likes to be beaten, so you say bad things about the other guy.
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bebesdupoire Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it seems like every time you post a new work i think "this is my favorite of yours so far".

i might use this as a reference. her costume is so awesome.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Yeap, i just saw your drawings and it's amazing! I can say the same with you as well, and thanks for bringing color to her :D
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bebesdupoire Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)
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BrossUno Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Man, her hat there is completely awesome. I love it. Her expression is also really good, she seems almost amused or something. Not to mention the detail on her uniform.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Thank you very much for the compliment! Well, i put a description on my page that says "I've had my share of Horse Blood today, have you?", it's kinda a cliche on the practice of drinking horse blood done by steppe people :P
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KueLapis Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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bisa juga ya bhs indonesia :iconwipetearsplz:
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Yeap, saya in orang indo loh, hahahah!

I just use english as a formalities here, feel free to use both with me :) and thanks for the awesome compliments! :D
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KueLapis Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol....
kirain bule :iconifaintplz:
sami2 bang :iconbrohugplz:
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