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Old 21 Jul 17, 20:38
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Sassanian riding a horse facing backwards

Moya Catherine Carey uses a silver-gilt plate (Sasanian period) Iran Bastan Museum 1275, Tehran, for the typical costume on Sasanian royal hunting plates:


It has the king sitting backwards on the horse. This is unusual as other Sassanid and post Sassanid plates have figures making Parthian shots mounted normally. For example:



Turushev plate, A Sasanian King Hunting Lions, 310-320 CE, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg


Hormizd plate, A Sasanian King Hunting Lions, 5th-6th Century, The Cleveland Museum of Art 1962.150


Ufa plate, Sasanian King Hunting Mountain Sheep, 1st half 7th century, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg


Post Sasanian or Khorosanian Dish with hunting scene, 7th-9th century, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg


Did they ride facing backwards? Is Iran Bastan Museum 1275 plate indeed Sasanian? Does it have a better dating?

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Silver-gilt plate (Sasanian period) Iran Bastan Museum 1275, Tehran

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Plates with figures from Persia and Central Asia
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The King can ride any way he wants! Inquiring minds want to know how he got back around!

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It's pretty clear he's just shooting arrows over his shoulder backwards. He's faced forward on the horse though. Look at the bottom coin. You can clearly see his foot facing forward.

Horse archers often shot over their shoulders while riding away.
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Take another look at Post #1. The calf is facing forward. It is hard to see the foot/shoe.

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I'd say, based on the rest, and the small size of the picture that it's an optical delusion... err... illusion... and he's facing forward in that one too.
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