The Seljuks Empire, generally regarded as the ancestral foundation of modern-day Turkey, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan,was a Persio-Turkish nation founded in the 11th century AD. The Empire originated from the Oghuz Turks, made up of 24 tribes, and specifically from the Kinik branch. They originally lived in the Kazakh Steppe of Turkestan but migrated in the 10th century into mainland Persia. They adopted Persian customs and used the Persian language as the main governmental language and were thus heralded as great patrons of Persian art, culture and literature. The name of the Empire stems from the founding warlord, known as Seljuk Beg, who led his tribe into Persia.
Seljuk Bronze Lion Group
A selection of Seljuk Dynasty period bronze lions, featuring stylised bodies with rearing heads. Each covered with deep green patination.
Provenance: Ex important Mayfair collection, 1970-1999.
Condition: Good Condition. Some erosion to metal on item A.