Timurid Guard - 1405
Presentation: The model represents a Timurid ruler’s personal guard. The Timurids were a dynasty of Mongol sovereigns whose founder was a Turk called Timur.
History: Tamburlaine, whose Mongol name was Timur Lenk “the Lame”, was born in April 1336 in Kek, near Samarkand in Uzbekistan. When he appeared on history’s stage he was a minor Muslim chief of the Barbos clan. At the age of twenty-five, resolving to repeat the feats of Ghengis Khan, he led a horde of barbarians to the conquest of the regions of central Asia between the Caspian Sea and the Gobi desert. In 1369 he was already absolute head of all the Turkish tribes, and Islam gained military supremacy. Between 1375 and 1380 he conquered Persia and in the year 1387 reached the Euphrates. In 1392 he occupied the southern Russian states. By the end of 1401 he had founded an empire that extended from Asia Minor to the mouth of the Ganges, and from Moscow to Egypt. In 1402 he advanced towards the Mediterranean, and conquered Baghdad, Damascus and Aleppo. He died in Samarkand, the capital of his empire, in 1405, while he was preparing the invasion of China. The Timurid dynasty, which he founded, lasted about a hundred years before disappearing in 1507 at the hands of the Uzbeks.
Painting: The artist can either follow the guidelines on the website and in the publications of the sector, such as Osprey, or use his/her imagination.
Sculpted by Maurizio Bruno
Painted by Andrea Terzolo