This article is dedicated to a database project, which has
been started in connection with the study of Early Persian
miniatures as a source for the histo1y of Mongol warfare.
The main goal was to elaborate a computer processable
means of describing the military equipment represented in
works of medieval art. Then the information from these
works could be entered into a database, making it possible
to link this data to the scanned images of the warriors
and arms depicted. It is hoped that it will be a first step towards
establishing a large-scale database of comparable data from medieval Middle Eastern works of art in general.
At present the main task is to produce a conception of such
As this approach to the study of military history is relatively
new, and such databases seem to have never been attempted
before, some introductory remarks are required, -
both on the "compatibility" of works of art with database
specifics and the possibility of applying a computer approach
to visual materials, as well as on ways of using “the
visual” in historical reconstruction...