A Mountain’s Pride for an outgoing archery champion with a Mongolian persona.
Gouache on Bristol, 12″x 9″.
The concept is a Paiza, a safe conduct or proof of authority from the Khan. The actual artifacts were metal, either cast or engraved.
A 13th c example:
The text is transliterated into the short lived 13th-14th c Phags-Pa script, and reads:
Know all that having served as our champion of the bow, Ulaan is now entered into the order of the Mountains Pride.