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Nihayat al-Su’l wa al-Umniya fi Ta‘allum ‘Amal al-Furusiyya (‘Compendium of Military Arts’)
The Chester Beatty Library
Hegira 768 / AD 1366
CBL Ar 5655
Coloured pigments and gold
29 x 20 cm
Nihayat al-su’l wa al-umniya fi ta‘allum ‘amal al-furusiyya is a compendium of military arts written by Muhammad ibn Isa ibn Isma‘il al-Hanafi al-Aqsari (d. AD 1348, Damascus), who dedicated it to the Mamluk viceroy of Egypt, Ala al-Din Asanbay al-Abu Bakri. It became the most popular Mamluk book on furusiyya (horsemanship) and many illustrated copied were made for Mamluk patrons in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, of which this copy is the earliest known. The text is divided into twelve chapters, or lessons, on horsemanship and warfare. The manuscript’s nineteen illustrations depict the use of various weapons, such as the bow, lance, sword and arrow, and military tactics, including the formation of battle lines.
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MWNF Working Number: IR 17