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

A soldier walking to right


A soldier walking to right; whole-length figure; holding a lance in his left hand; his face and torso covered by his shield; on the shield two pairs of wings and attached to it two bunches of feathers; buildings lining a street in background; from a series of 127 woodcuts. 1581
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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.
A soldier walking to right by L & F Funcken based on this illustration by Melchior Lorck

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