Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Vienna Codex - another splendid image
more images of Ottoman Turkish military form the late XVI century, including the Vienna Codex 6000. Fearsome delilers - perhaps the best warriors of the Ottoman Army -
Rider behind the turbaned ghazi is carrying a heavy lance, painted, not dissimilar to the Polish Winged Hussar lances or even earlier Renaissance and medieval ones. His left side is covered by a leopard pelt - is he a Turkish hussar?
The foreground rider - and the most striking out of them, is a very muscular man with a shaved head but for a 'scalp lock' of the Slavic tradition. He has a red hat on his back, a type called by prof Zygulski jr. a Bosnian hat, so perhaps these riders were Bosnian converts. This man is caring a tuck/estock (panzerstrecher) underneath his left thigh, while his curved Hungarian style sabre is out of its sheath, being brandished in a typical manner -high above one's head. Curb-bitted stallion has some interesting horse tack, especially the crouper with what appears to be copper or brass bells, not dissimilar form the Spanish conquistadors bells used in the Americas.
The last man is wearing a bear coat, perhaps harking back to the ancient warrior rites of the Indoeuropeans, where bear-men were the most fearsome warriors. Addition of a bird of prey wing on top of his head seems to go back to the steppe tradition of the Saka, Sarmatians and ancient Turks. He also has a nice Hungarian sabre, so popular with the Eastern European nobility and warriors during the XVI century.
Finally, the boots and spurs on these warriors are similar to Polish and Hungarian ones.
More Delilers from the Ottoman Turkish miniatures, done in the second half of the XVI century.
6 years ago these soldiers were subject of a nice historical miniature, but not error free, soldiers diorama at the Boston World Expo, work done by two Italian miniaturists Cartacci and Mariano Numitone , and I took some photos of them Boston_Expo/Cartacci-TooLate.jpg