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The MILITARY COSTUME OF TURKEY.

PUBLISHED BY THOMAS McLEAN JANUARY 1, 1813
From drawings by Octavien Dalvimart (d'Alvimart), engraved by F.H. Clark


PLATE XV.

MAMELUKE OF CONSTANTINOPLE.


Mameluke of Constantinople from the NYPL


AT plate 13, the origin and nature of the discipline of the Mamelukes of Egypt are described. The present subject represents one of a corps similarly organized at Constantinople.
The form of the scimitar used by the Mamelukes, which is very crooked, appears singular, and at first glance very inadequate to the effect which in their hands it produces; but it should be considered, that a straight blade as it acts merely from pressure; its effect is limited to the place and moment of its fall; whereas one that is crooked, presenting its edge in retiring, slides by the effort of the arm, and continues its action longer; it is, therefore, perhaps at least as much owing to this crooked form, combined with the keenness and temper of their weapons; as to their strength and dexterity in the use of them; that the Mamelukes can cut a clew of wet cotton like a piece of butter.

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