Sunday, June 27, 2010

Late XV century Serbian hussar

the forefather of the Polish winged hussars - a Serbian hussar, who has a Turkish sabre, Balkan shield, Turkish helmet, and Turkish mace.
I intend to add a horse, wings on the shield,  and a lance later -
in GIMP  dario fecit :)


Samuel said...

Great work Dario!

If I may, I would like to ask a similar question as Kadrinazi did in your XVIII c. hussar picture: What sources did you use as a basis for this splendid work ?

I especially like the szabla. There is a similar piece preserved in a Hungarian museum dated around 1500 (albeit sporting a somewhat different crossguard):

Interestingly it also has an etching of a hussar on its scabbard (note the ending of the lance, it seems it already has the ball designed for counter balance):

The dagger also looks intriguing, it seems to have the Veneto-Balkan/Hungarian style of pommel (Does any actual historical example exist?)

Not sure about the conical helmet though (seems like the precursor to the Szyzak-proper , with cheek-pieces and all..) Personally I haven't seen any period art depicting Racz-style horsemen with them. Orza painting shows that only Muscovites wore them ,while PLC hussars have a variety of headgear (most often the typical Balkan fur hat), in fact some of the commanders seem to be without any head-wear at all..

Again thanks very much for posting these, some fine pictures indeed!

Kind Regards,

P.S: Nice moustache btw ;) (presumably after the Turkish fashion), some early hussar also had longer beards (and not only the older commander-types); in fact some resemble the warriors-saints from the various orthodox (usually Serbian)frescoes :)

Dario T. W. said...

I am in Poland for the Klushino event in Warsaw, so when I return I will respond in more depth to your inquiry, I hope.
thanks for your response as usually with so much delightful detail :)

Samuel said...

Have fun then!