EXAMPLES OF IMPERIAL MILITARY DRESS c.1578

Text by Simon Chick
Engraving by Jost Amman


    Figure 10: This figure shows an example of Amman's interpretation of Ottoman Turkish costumes which tended to be rather fanciful and exaggerated many facets of Turkish fashions. This man is probably representative of a feudal spahi. He wears a long caftan with long flowing sleeves which is likely to have covered any mail armour. He also has an overlarge turban with enormous plumes, both of which are undoubtedly creations of the artist's imagination. He carried a lance to which is attached a pennant decorated with a crescent and pointed star and a curved sabre.

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