It's approximately twenty-four hours since our first proper look at Jake "I've gotten buff" Gyllenhaal as the Prince of Persia. Judging by the amount of fainting, drooling and dribbling that has gone on, I think it's fair to say these two pictures are a hit. Obviously, now, we are ready to move on from the chesthair, the sensitive eyes, the sensuous lips, the scarred, pale skin, the shapely biceps and 'The Sock' to focus on those important historical details - the accessories which place us firmly in the medieval Persian boudoir.
Medieval Persians of both sexes flaunted their wealth and status through their jewellery - Prince Dastan may have had his fair share of struggles against marauding sand monsters, rival brothers and dastardly viziers - not to mention those evil twists of fortune that left him disinherited and shirtless - but even an impoverished prince would have held on to his favourite baubles.
Animal motifs were most popular, suggesting that the wearer owned the strength, beauty and/or intelligence of the beast they chose. Prince Dastan is no different and, upon his chest, mixed with rings and chains, is what could be a lion. In the deserts of the Middle East, it was a popular sport for princes and kings to prove their prowess by taking on and defeating their royal animal equivalent. Enamel was also popular in medieval Persian jewellery and this too is reflected in the Prince's necklace.
Rings were a particular favourite among highborn men and were emblems of rank, displaying highly elaborate patterns, shaped in gold or, especially, silver. Dastan's ring is threaded silver and it may well have the motif of the snake or a deer, more popular themes for jewellery of the age.*
Dastan's taste for silver and leather can also be found on his right wrist. While, on his left wrist, the latest developments in studded leather armour can be seen.
Now, let's look at the jewellery in full context again.
*Accessories by Disney with the exception of the the sunglasses and coffee cup, which were provided by Jake Gyllenhaal.
Thanks to IHJ for the pictures.