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Ayyubid Ghulams by EmirHamam Ayyubid Ghulams by EmirHamam
Ghulam soldiers from the Ayyubid Dinasty.

Ghulams are, essentially, professional and really well-equiped slave warriors used by the Muslim dynasties for centuries. The concept of slavery for the mulims of the time was radically different than that common to the western countries, and being a Ghulam was a position of great respect and honor - mainly because the sultans did not trust their own troops.

They were, in general, slavs, turkish or indians, the strongest of them, and would join the army either when bought or through battle.

These are from the XII century, and probably cavalrymen.

And I may lack archeological backing here, but I believe they also mocked their officers. Just as any other group of young guys.
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MazuPy Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy crap, not only is the drawing great, you're great at creating a scene and conveying what's happening. Awesome.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
I love the guys in the back ground, beginning to crack in laughter but still struggling not to burst out either.
And the one in the fore ground, who set his shield on the ground and tries to hide his laughing face ... X-DDDDDDDD
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godofimagination Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Were they like Janissaries?
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EmirHamam Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmm.. not really. Janissaries were "professional" infantrymen and formed standing armies. Those guys were slaves. Amongst other differences.
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godofimagination Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I'm pretty sure Janissaries were slaves.
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EmirHamam Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The first ones may be.. but the corps were only abolished on the early XIX century. They changed a lot. But I'm sure they weren't slaves in the ordinary fashion.
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Keydan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Oh lol. It's like, the guy in the center: "I am the boos, go there" and the guy right next to him sez: "Yeah! He's the boss! Go there now! Yeah!"
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EmirHamam Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah that was kinda the point!
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MidnightPhoenixx Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really well done! I like your use of technical details. =3






~Midnight Phoenix~
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StriderDen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Muito legais os detalhes! Haja paciencia!
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EmirHamam Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe é bom pra exercitar paciência, sem dúvida!
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Prekr Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ficou muito legal!
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EmirHamam Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brigadão Thiago!
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Prekr Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Nada ;)
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FrozenHRT Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
curti os detalhes!!!
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EmirHamam Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, valeu Rodrigo!
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MilaineSummerset Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Perfect piece of finely detailed and skilled work!

And it comes with a good history lesson as well. :)
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EmirHamam Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you Milaine, we can always learn something right?
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting scene :) And excellent depiction of how the armies of ancient and modern times might have surprising resemblance. The mimic guy however puts himself in harm's way. I believe commanders were pretty severe when it came to humor like this. Hopefully the guy didn't get tortured to death...
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EmirHamam Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah yes, of course that came to my mind, but as long as he doesn't get caught, right? But again, that was my objective, when you get a bunch of guys together, stuff like that is bound to happen!
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ebonypen Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an awesome drawing :) The textures and patterns on the armor are immaculate; you must have the patience of a saint!
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EmirHamam Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha pretty far from a saint, but when I draw I kinda relax. Thanks ebonypen!
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Undeciria Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bons detalhes emir!
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EmirHamam Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Valeu Maria :D
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Nederbird Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Interesting, I had no idea about these. Granted, neither do I know much about the Ayyubids. XD

Still really cool though. :)
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