Ottoman commander, early 16th century

Figure study of a senior Turkish officer, dressed in the finely embroidered and fur-lined clothing typical of many high-ranking officials in the Ottoman Empire. Robes of silk could afford some protection in battle while also keeping the wearer cool in hot climates. The large and thick turban was a mark of rank and could function as a helmet, being just as effective as metal against sword cuts.

By Ibrahim Zamir

Published by Ibrahim Zamir

Ibrahim Zamir - Junior Historian and Illustrator.

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