Shad of Huns Khan Asuk

Cup 46. At the bottom of the cup is a rider turned to the right with a whip in a dropped right hand, and with a quiver on the right hip. The horse under the rider moves solemnly, with a raised left leg.

S.P.Tolstov considered deserving a special attention the similarity of arms and clothing of the rider on a cup 46 and the rider on Khoresmian coins [Tolstov S.P., 1938, 192].

Fig. 10. Cup 46 with an inscription “Shad of Huns Khan Asuk”

Fig. 10. Cup 46 with an inscription “Shad of Huns Khan Asuk”

On the exterior rim goes a carefully engraved inscription. Clearly seen on the reproduction, the cup has the following inscription (Fig.10):


hunoq  sadiqui asük  xum


Shad (Prince) of Huns Khan Asuk.

On the cup the image of a rider is distinguished by the simplicity of clothing without special indications of an imperial virtue, unlike on the images of the other vessels of the similar kind. On the cup, it seems, is really the Shad (Prince) of the Huns Asuk, who afterwards become (in the beginning of the 8-th c.) the king of Turan, and minted his coins under the name of a Asukdjavar.

Azgar Mukhamadiev
Turanian Writing
Article “Turanian Writing”, in the book “Problems Of Linguoethnohistory Of The Tatar People” (Kazan, 1995. pp. 36-83)


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