Ottoman Soldiers from contemporary European Illustrations by Melchior Lorck, 1570-83

A Kurdish soldier


A Kurdish soldier; wearing a patterend cloak and large turban with two feathers; holding a large shield behind him in his left hand; two clubs on the ground at right; from a series of 127 woodcuts. 1576
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In "Hungarian style" tournaments, the participants wore Hungarian and Turkish costumes and used sabres to strike off feathers attached to their opponents' helmets and to the apex of their painted shields. The plume on this shield may indicate a similar Ottoman practice.

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