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Shahdokht Soraya of Bahramiyan Eranshahr (Persian) by Gambargin Shahdokht Soraya of Bahramiyan Eranshahr (Persian) by Gambargin
*Re-sketch of The Original Drawing*

A concept drawing of the Pre-Islamic Persian Woman Warrior of the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited, which is roughly based on the Middle ages covering 800s AD to 1400s AD.

The representation of Persia in the series is divided into three drawings: The first (This drawing), represents the Sassanid Empire just before their collapse under the Arab Invasion of Persia in the mid 7th century. The Second represent the Islamic Persianate/Persian Dynasty after the fall of the Arabic Caliphate, while the third, represents Persia under Turkic (Seljuk) and Turko-Mongol (Il-Khanate and Timurids) rule.

Inspired by the Music: God of War OST


INTRODUCTION

Persia was home to the some of the greatest empire the world had ever seen. Since it's early establishment by the Medes, the founding of the gigantic Achaemenid empire, it's Hellenic Parthian Successors to the establishment of Sassanid empire, they were amongst some of the most well known civilization ever recorded in our History. Even after the of the Roman Empire and the establishment of the Eastern Roman Empire, better known as the Byzantine, the Sassanids of Persia was the only Empire who could match up their wealth, strength, power and size. It was during the Sassanid era that the people emphasized their solid Persian Identity, a legacy that still persist today. But when the world enter its new medieval era, the Sassanid Empire was a mere shell of it's past glory. Constant war against its Byzantines foe had drained the empire resources and spread discontent amongst its people, therefore weakening the unity that chained them together. The ruling class was also weak, with nobles feuding against each other over the throne, further disintegrating the empire into chaos with its "King of Kings" powerless to stop the Empire's Spiral into downfall. With the rise of Islam and the rapid expansion Arabs, the Persian and it's allies fell one by one against the seemingly unstoppable Muslim force. With the bulk of their army gone, shaken by defeat, ruled by an unstable dynasty, its civil and military system disrupted, her people alienated by the excruciating taxes and corrupt petty lords, the Sassanid of Persia easily collapsed beforr the Rashidun Caliphate and were quickly absorbed into the newly found Islamic Empire. Nevertheless, the Arabs who defeated them held high regards and respected the Persian so much, that it's culture, civil, science and military system became the basis and were highly influential in the medieval Islamic society, so much so, that it contributed greatly to the era known as "Islamic Golden Age"


DRAWING COMMENTARIES

When I first started this series, I thought that it would be enough to represent the Persian Faction as somewhat similar to the Sassanids, to give a distinction over all the other middle-eastern faction. But after much further reading, simplifying Persia like this would grossly underestimate and under-represent the richness and wealth of interaction that was experienced by the Iranian people, from its native Persian ruler, the Arabs, the Turks and finally, the Mongols who came into their land. This is somewhat similar to saying that Scandinavia throughout the middle ages remained "Vikings", an idea which may not sit well with the academic society.

Nevertheless, Persia, or Iran, has a special place in my heart amongst all the cultures I have studied and became exposed to. To that, I would like to dedicate my love of Persian culture in this series of mine, in a hope to make people see, that this land of Aryan, is so much more than what Hollywood Movies portrayed them. :)

As you may have noticed, the previous drawing shows her in Clibenarii armor. At that time, I only have a few slight knowledge of how the Sassanid arms and armors would look like. After much reading, I decided to stick with the original design, albeit with little bit of modification and correction. Here, Shahdokht Soraya Baharamdokht of the Bahramiyan Dynasty is depicted in a heavy mail armor, with decorated skirt, shield with the Simurgh drawing, Persian straight sword and bow. All of these are based on the carving of Sassanian Emperor from Taq-i-Bustan (Nash-i-Rustem) sketch of the Sassanian Bas Relief/Stone Carving. As for her helmet, it's a product of my own stylization, with anthropomorphic eye-mask (like the Khazar) and Sassanian Spangehelm based on the British Museum Collection. Their accuracy may be debatable, but one thing that I can say about her outfit, is that, it was only reserved for the Shahanshahs and shahzadis of the Sassanid Persian Empire.

On the left, I have included a super Sassanian heavy infantry with scale armor and mail shirt, while the ones on the right, is based on the Sogdian or Afghan nobles under the Persian Empire.


REFERENCES AND OTHER RELATED MEDIA

Maybe related to the following:

The Byzantine (Eastern Roman Empire) Basilissa Sotirisa of Basileia Rhiomanion (Greek) by Gambargin, the Chinese Wu Xuan Gongzhu of Yang Chao (Han Chinese) by Gambargin, The Arabs Sultana Ahu of Sultanat Misr Al-Sarraviyah (Egypt) by Gambargin,
The Turks Beylerbayan Apek of Orhanli Beylerbeylik (Turkish) by Gambargin and the Indian Maharani Indira of Jaganavanshi Raj (India/Rajput) by Gambargin


A Part of the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited - You can find more on the various faction on the map here:

HWS Medieval Revisited - Faction Map v.1.30


HISTORICAL COMMENTARIES

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:iconkeyshe54:
Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015   Traditional Artist
Stunning details in this, I love the pattern skirt-tunic with the texture of the mail
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
Thank you! The pre-islamic persian pattern is actually some of the most beautiful designs I've seen, and it's a crime not to include it in this drawing :)
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aristi1982 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist
Cool!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
Thanks :)
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Amazing details and I always love reading the history notes!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
Thanks! So do I, drawing it is fun, but reading about their history has been fun as well :)
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Mattski448 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Interesting sword design, I was surprised that you didn't go for the Persian Shamahir, but perhaps that was a product of the arab influence you specifically wanted to avoid?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Thank you! Actually, at this time in 7th CE, neither the arabs nor the persians had curved sword, as most of their swords were straight, single or double edge. The curved sword originated from the turks of central asia and when they came in contact with the abassid caliphate, it quickly became adopted throughout the islamic word. Im not sure when, but its probably somewhere from the 10th CE onwards :)
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Mattski448 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Ah, wonderful stuff! I did not know that the change was so late. Keep up the good work by the way, it's always a little treat to see your stuff in my feed! :)
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Sebistara Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
feel the Attila Total War-feel
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
I'm dying to play that game. Need a new PC :(
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Sebistara Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
feel free to be happy for a shogun 2-ai and a fucked up western roman empire.
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lavenderl Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How fierce!  It seems as though they're rushing through a blazing fire.  

Her skirt is so pretty! ^^
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
Thank you Eva :)
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lavenderl Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure, Gin. ^^
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DungeonBrony Featured By Owner Edited Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The detail on the chainmail is good and the shadowing are good.
Anatomy and perspective seem the same to me :)

I'm only sorry that Shahdokht's left forearm is not as well defined as the rest of her body.
I quite like this image otherwise!
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joolita Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
I'm glad that in your alternative world the old Persia prevails. It invites all kind of "what if" speculation. How would it have developed had it not been influenced by Islam. This is a fascinating train of thought.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
Thanks Joolita! There were some discussions on the what if scenario if Persia had not been invaded by the Arabs, and much of their cultures did not become arabized.

few interesting points to note, The greeks conquered persia centuries earlier, and it incorporated some hellenistic culture, until it was forbade by the Sassanids which promoted persian culture. The Safavids tried to set up their own unique identity by adopting the Shi'a Islam in contrast to the Sunni majority (Ottomans), which is why Iran now is a little different than the rest of the Muslim world. What I came across is that, the current language of Iran, Farsi, has some arabic influence in its wording. Whereas Pashtun and Urdu, spoken in Afghanistan and Pakistan, are closest to the original persian language before the arab came.
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Tronix02 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Photographer
Such #charspo . I would very much like to share this with my blog readers Gambargin at murkypool.blogspot.com. May I interview you?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Thank you for the message! I'm really happy that you took interest on my humble art. By all means, feel free to share it :) As for the interview, it would be an honor, please note me the details and i will happily obliged.
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phicek Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
gila itu detil chainmail nya ahahha
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
hehehee, makasiih bang :D

Ga detail-detail amat kok
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Yay more Persians! Strangely enough, when I looked at her armor my thoughts immediately went to Norse armor. I guess the Indo European peoples aren't too different after all, at least when it comes to chainmail. :P

Anyway, its great to see some Zoroastrians. They're some of my favorites in CKII, even if its nearly impossible to keep them alive to the end of the game. XD
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Thats certainly interesting. If you look at the Cuman Face Mask and the Rus Helmet, they somewhat resemble the sassanian armor. Maybe the whole fashion spread further beyond iran i guess.

Ah, really? Zoroastrian are fun to play, well, the challenge is to wrestle power against the neighboring muslims in the game. I think the new sons of abraham DLC balances things out.
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Oh, yeah, I agree that Zoroastrians have an enjoyable challenge from their neighbors, but when the Mongols and Timurids show up in Persia I think it becomes a little unfair. XD
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Yes, that's true indeed for the zoroatrian. I guess we can call it the proper course of history, and history is often unfair :P

At the very least, the religion itself still survive sporadically, even it the land where it actually came from, Iran, tries to suppress the movement under their conservative regime.
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job, specially the sword looks realy like sassanian long swords, the war mask and helm look also awesome together!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Thanks bro, i have you to thank for that since drawing that Persian lady. I feel that people need to know the different era of Persian Civilization which are all equally majestic and beautiful!
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
np^^, you are very kind bro, and i thank you for drawing such beautiful works about persian/ turkish civilization!
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Akiyama24 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful shading on the chainmail and leather vambraces, and helmet. :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Thanks man! I'm glad the persian turned out the way you like :D
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Akiyama24 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome. :)
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014   Photographer
Interesting to see a lady in the very heavy Sassanid armour. Can you imagine how hot it must have been in the hot, arid climate of Iran?! But I think this is a very good one!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
True, metal armor could get really hot in such climate, but I've seen a lot of their depictions in many of the arts. I guess the defensive factor outdo the comfort factor :P
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014   Photographer
I expect so. Some people say the word "clibanus" means "oven" in Latin, so the "Clibanarii" would have been the "oven men". I can well imagine. I hope they carried enough water!!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Hmmn, that's a interesting explanation. It may well be true, but i guess the people who wore them are used to their climate.
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014   Photographer
They must have been tough guys! Perhaps the Romans called them this, before adopting the same armour!
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akitku Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so glad you decided to depict a Sassanid character! She is one of my recent favourites from you! I love the stylized helmet and the heaviness of her armour and the details, like the belt with the fittings. Also I really like the body-language in this one.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
You are welcomed akitku, i felt the same way as well with a lot of the medieval characters in the original series. The Persians especially, they deserve some justice! :D
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