Author Topic: Artuqids of Mardin, AE Dirham, Qutb Al-Din Il-Ghazi II 1176-1184 AD  (Read 1773 times)

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The artuqids formed a muslim dynasty which had its peak in the eleventh and twelfth century AD. They ruled the eastern part of turkish Anatolia, and parts of what is now Syria and Iraq.

The Artuqids are known for their pictorial islamic coins. These have a very distinct original character with also clear influences both from Greek and Roman-Byzantine tradition.

This is not a very rare coin. I mainly bought it for the very nice portrait of the ruler facing the heavens. It is sometimes said that this is an imitation of a pose on earlier coins of Constantine the Great. However, there clearly are coins before Constantine with the same pose. 

Spengler & Sayles 31,  AE 30 mm, 9.5 gr. Reverse 5 line Kufic legend.
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Re: Artuqids of Mardin, AE Dirham, Outb Al-Din Il-Ghazi II 1176-1184 AD
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2013, 08:18:37 PM »
You chose a great coin to illustrate the character of Artuqid minting. It evokes similar sentiments in me as ruins of ancients cultures. It is much easier to destroy than to build. Cross culture influences suggests things like learning from each other, creating more options, comparing and choosing the best of what is on offer, which seems to be more difficult than narrow-mindedness, nationalism, xenophobia and worse.

Peter
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Re: Artuqids of Mardin, AE Dirham, Outb Al-Din Il-Ghazi II 1176-1184 AD
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2013, 09:31:45 PM »
I think it is inspiring that an ancient artefact can evoke reflections like this within you today. Assures me that perhaps we did learn something as a civilisation over the past centuries despite al those wars and conflicts.
The ancient coin designer would be surprized if he knew his work would be discussed in a manner like this after 800 years !

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Thought it would be nice to add another iconic Dirhem of the same ruler.

This is Spengler & Sayles 32,  AE 33 mm, 13.3 gr

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Re: Artuqids of Mardin, AE Dirham, Outb Al-Din Il-Ghazi II 1176-1184 AD
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2016, 02:57:09 AM »
(By the way, the name is Qutb al-Din, not Outb.)
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Re: Artuqids of Mardin, AE Dirham, Outb Al-Din Il-Ghazi II 1176-1184 AD
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2016, 08:15:33 AM »
Splendiforous. Here's a little realm pressed between Ayyubid expansion and Byzantine contraction and what does it do? It produces coins with an Ayyubid side and a Byzantine side, except that both sides look better than the originals. It's like they were saying "we can talk about this religious difference and that would benefit both of you". In reality, they seem to have constantly manoeuvred between alliances and betrayals, but they may have considered that a form of avoiding war also, since they were obviously too weak to survive against most, if not all of their neighbours. These coins are a showcase of what glory art can achieve.

Peter
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Re: Artuqids of Mardin, AE Dirham, Qutb Al-Din Il-Ghazi II 1176-1184 AD
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2016, 01:53:22 PM »
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Qutb al-Din, not Outb.)

You are totally right. Corrected !