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Sicilian Saracen Archers by wraithdt Sicilian Saracen Archers by wraithdt
Muslims of Sicily served as superb archers under the Normans and went to war with them.

The island of Sicily was at one point prior to the 11th century, under control of Muslims, who conquered it from the Eastern Romans (Byzantines). Eventually they were conquered by the Normans but many remained in Sicily, living and serving under their Christian rulers, which made the island kingdom a melting-pot of eastern and western cultures.

This illustration was done for Medieval Warfare Magazine, a Dutch publication. You can check it out and subscribe here >> [link]
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EndlessPoetry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic drawing, with realistic archery and bow usage. That sort of thing is pretty rare when it comes to Deviantart. Everything else about this picture is great, too. It must get pretty hot in all that thick armor and warm, middle-eastern weather.
papillonstudio Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
FastSpeeder123 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
dominik1023 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
I think the arrow is on the wrong side of the bow... I do know that normally the arrow is on the left, but with that type of a quiver, the arrow was on the right of the bow.
Simba003 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually it's on the right side.
To put the arrow on the right side and the quiver on the back are totally wrong historically speaking.
This image is actually really accurate. :)
Simba003 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually it's on the left side* sorry :p
IFIKRATIS Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015
No, you can use it any way suits you!
SusannaBautista Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow, great attention to detail! You inspire me.
egigih87 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
this is very good!
Helion55 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Professional Writer
This looks really, really good. Detailed and natural. But one question though. Is the way they're holding their arrows correct? If they are of Muslim origin, wouldn't they be using their thumb instead of three fingers? However they might have adopted the three finger method from the Sicilians. Still, a very nice picture :D
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HamzaRasol Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
I just can't believe the superb skill and quality you are putting in your work,specially this one!
Alfrov Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Great work !
Mumatil Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
What kind of helmet is the lower fellow wearing?  I just like the curve it has at the point, did it serve any pactical application or was it just for aesthetics?
EternalWanderer9001 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
I think I am falling in love with you. Superb drawing. Reminds of Angus Mcbride of Osprey.Especealy since you cover a lot of forgotten glory.
TuckerRose Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Incredible absolutely stunning
ironsides11 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
The details of the armor and clothing are amazing. Excellent work :D
saudi6666 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I'm a fan of pictures offered by you These images are not only inspirational, but I do not know make you feel historical events
Now I unloaded a set of images of the same subject I hope that you like and continue downloading glorious historical paintings
OctopusGames Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Awesome. I love the Norman swords on thier hips. Nice touch. :)
Shinzhon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always thought that as Sicily and southern Italy had always been christian (with Messina and all x)) but I was wrong... It's never late to learn ! And with a wonderful illustration to explain, what more can I ask ? :)
Nawaf-Alhmeli Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great job. :clap:
One thing though, Arabian swords are curved. Always.
HamzaRasol Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
not always,swords from Yemen and Oman which are called Kattara are straight swords,also this is in Sicily so probably their equipment are the same with the others around them.
Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
The Sudanese Mahdists used straight broadswords in their war against the British in the late 1800s.
Ashkelion Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
This is a superb piece. Norman Italy doesn't get nearly enough love from artists it seems...
God bless!
Agacora Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Very impressive. History always amazes me.
Norse3221 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent detail!
JLBlacksmith Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Amazing colours!
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent :)
PHOENIX8341 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
This si better than Angus McBride
Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks great, it really brings you back to the works of artists like Angus McBride. :)
DrThoth Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
I always wondered who would replace Angus McBride. Now I know.
babijing4119 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
matmohair1 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
amazing !
maxaxe Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Writer
You do these so so well. They're fantastic!! :D
SpeculumHistoriae Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012   Artisan Crafter
This is awesome!
PHOENIX8341 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
great work as allways
whitetower-exe Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Outstanding! Art is wonderful, historic accuracy is wonderful!
MicheleHansen Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You definitely know your historical armaments. Period accuracy, and sense of drama are amazing.
KAVALIER Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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Kajan451 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love the details on this. One slight bit of correction though. Saracen used Scimitars, not longswords as the one on this picture seems to use.
wraithdt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think that's whats interesting about these Sicilian archers, they're not your typical Saracen from the Middle East. They are, as I've mentioned, Muslims living and serving under Norman rulers in Sicily or Southern Italy, so their arms would reflect that relationship. That's why they carry Norman swords.
Kajan451 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Actually the Saracene Scimitar was carried also by the european Saracenes.

During 15th centurie they would use the Kilij or Kildisch, during other periods it was the scimitar, which is considered a Holy weapon due to Mohammed wielding one himself. The Scimitar isn't featured on several Arabic Heraldry (Saudi-arabias Flag for example) for no reasons.

But a funfact might be to know that the word scimitar is actually originating from the italian word "scimitarra", which was the name the Italian gave the weapon of the turkish troops. The word scimitar didn't get into the english language till the 16th century.

But, that doesn't mean you should change your picture. These particular guys could have decided to favor a longsword over their scimitars.

The details and the picture in its total composition is still amazing :)
wraithdt Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well there's no doubt that you know your stuff. Perhaps these Saracens adopted Norman weapons while others chose to stick with scimitars but I wouldn't really know for sure; one can only speculate. The historian who advised me on this piece would probably know better.
Kajan451 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, i'd be curious about her or his opinion about it. I am just some struggling writer, trying to keep some accurary about medivial warfare in my own stuff. So my knowledge is layman level as well.

I just noticed they lacked their trademark weapon. Thats all. Still, the picture is a major inspiration to me. Its pictures like yours that make boring and dusty history facts coming to life. Its a differance knowing what they would have worn and seeing pictures with additional details like the embroidery on their sleeves and such :)

I am looking forward to see more of your work :)
FIREZ1 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 24, 2015
the prophet didn't use a scimitar
he used this sword…

note that the hilt was replaced by a newer turkish one.

2nd most early arabs used gladius short sword
most arabs still stick to their short swords in the middle ages while the turkish/persian ones used curved ones which are mostly on the eastern parts of the muslim world while the Arabs went to the West which used more straight swords. Look at the Moorish Sword of the last king of Granada.

The reason the Scimitar is more prominent in the Muslim World was because most of the elite warriors of the Muslims are Persians or Turks which used curved scimitars. while the Arabs became auxiliary infantry or cavalry in the later stages of Islamic Conquest.

Later however curved scimitars slowly replaced the short swords of the Arabs and the Arabs forgot that they actually used short swords like the Romans. so their flag has a scimitar instead.
Kuroi-Rabbit Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
reminds me of assassins creed - gorgeous work here I'm glad its published its definitely deserving
moontearfall Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
I really like this set of illustrations. I especially like the detail in the clothes, armor and weapons. Really takes you to that era =)
Ardail Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sooooo jelly, I can't even draw people let alone different ethinics.
Sicilian eh? Saracen Archers, Italian infantry, and Norman knights, deadly
wraithdt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe Southern Italian Muslims would be easier for you to identify.
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