Ottoman Turkish Miltitary Illustrations from:

Peter Mundy's Album, "A briefe relation of the Turckes, their kings, Emperors, or Grandsigneurs, their conquests, religion, customes, habbits, etc"

Istanbul 1618


20v A foot-soldier of the old corps of armourers attached to the Janissaries. Wearing a helmet with a stiff white aigrette in the plume-holder. Green tunic, white leg-protectors, brown shoes, Wearing a sword and dagger and carrying a matchlock. A cloth is wrapped around his head under the helmet, covering his ears and chin.

21v A sipahi (cavalryman) from Anatolia. He wears a dark mauve cloak, buttoned at the neck, a pale blue tunic, red trousers, high brown boots and a turban loosely wound over a red cap.A gold dagger is stuck in his red sash.

22v A Yeniceri, or Janissary. He wears the Janissary headdress, white felt with a gold brim and a plume-holder. Dark blue sleeveless kaftan, pale blue tunic, silver girdle, red trousers, brown shoes. He holds a staff.

23v A Rumeli sipahi, a soldier of Rumeli. He wears a red hat with a long brim with four ends and a plume, scarlet sleeveless kaftan with an ermine lining and with epaulettes. Blue tunic, red trousers and yellow boots. He carries a mace.

24v An Azeb, a marine. He carries a musket, wears a powder-horn and ammunition pouch on his girdle and a sword. Pale blue tunic, red trousers, white leg-protectors, black shoes, red cap with black brim and a gold cloth, striped red and green, and a plume.

25v A government courier or tatar. He wears a black tunic, high brown boots, scarlet trousers, blue girdle and a large round white head-dress with pointed red baton type cap. He has a bow in a case and a sword and is carrying a double-tailed whip.

Source: British Museum

Other Illustrations from Peter Mundy's Album, A briefe relation of the Turckes, 1618



Other Albums:
I Turchi. Codex Vindobonensis 8626 of Bartolemeo von Pezzen, 1586 to 1591
Military Pictures from Hans Sloan's The Habits of the Grand Signor's Court, c.1620
Military Pictures from the Ralamb Costume Book, 1657

Other early 17th century Ottoman Illustrations
The Tarjumah-i Shahnamah (Translation of Firdawsi's Shahnamah into Turkish by Sharif Amidi). Copied by Darvish 'Abdi, 1616-1620AD
Sehname-i Nadiri, 1620s

Illustrations by Europeans:
The present state of the Ottoman Empire by Sir Paul Rycaut, 1667
Prints made by Henri II Bonnart, 1678-1711
Ottoman Soldiers from other European Illustrations

Ottoman Turks of the Renaissance Period by George Gush.
Other Illustrations of Ottoman Janissaries (Janizary, Yeniceri)
Ottoman Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers in the 15th to 19th Centuries
Other 17th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers



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