Janissary musketeer, late 16th century

Continuing the Ottoman theme, here is a figure study of a Janissary armed with a matchlock musket. These elite infantrymen were distinguished by a long fabric headdress with brass band and tube-shaped plume-holder. Firearms had seen extensive use in Ottoman campaigns by the late 16th century; typical musketry equipment would include a pouch containing musket-balls, lead bars and a ball-mould, as well as a powder-horn, priming- flask and small axe for cutting up lead. In addition to his musket, this soldier carries a straight-bladed sword with sabre-hilt.

By Ibrahim Zamir

Published by Ibrahim Zamir

Ibrahim Zamir - Junior Historian and Illustrator.

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