The MILITARY COSTUME OF TURKEY.
PUBLISHED BY THOMAS McLEAN JANUARY 1, 1813
From drawings by Octavien Dalvimart (d'Alvimart), engraved F.H. Clark
JANIZARY. (pl. 2.)
Janizary from the NYPL
THE Janizaries are divided into one hundred and one ortahs, or regiments; each Janizary impresses a mark upon his arm expressive of the ortah to which he belongs, by puncturing his skin with a needle and rubbing gunpowder upon it, which makes an indelible impression. A crescent is the symbol of the first ortah, in which the Sultan is enrolled; that of the thirty-first, which serves on board the fleet, is an anchor.
The number of Janizaries in each ortah is not fixed, but depends upon its celebrity; from a vanity natural enough, greater numbers enrolling themselves in such ortahs as are most distinguished; the number in some is extremely great, that of the thirty-fifth, amounting to nearly thirty thousand.
This plate represents a Janizary belonging to a different ortah to the preceding.
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