Cuman (Kipchak) Balbal from Kerch, Crimea, Russia, c.12th century.
State Historical Museum, Moscow


A larger image of this Cuman (Kipchak) Balbal from Kerch, Crimea, Russia, c.12th century. State Historical Museum, Moscow


Among the statues which dotted the steppes of southern Russia are some which were once thought to be Hun, though they are now known to be Pechenegs or Kipchaqs, probably from the 12th century. This example comes from Kerch in the Crimea, an area under Byzantine influence which would explain the pseudo-Roman elements in the armour. (State Historical Mus., Moscow)
Source: p58, ELI - 030 - Attila and the Nomad Hordes by David Nicolle (Author), Angus McBride (Illustrator)



See also A Kipchak Balbal at Luhansk, 11th century
A Kipchak Balbal, 12th century, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Cuman, 12th-13th centuries in Armies of Feudal Europe 1066-1300 by Ian Heath
Cuman Cavalryman in Armies and Enemies of the Crusades 1096-1291 by Ian Heath
12th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers