Ottoman Kurdish irregular soldier from Palu 1873

Ottoman Kurdish irregular soldier from Palu, wearing a silahlik (weapons belt) and holding a kalkan shield composed of concentric wicker attached by threads, the exterior made up of radial steel bars linking the steel frame to the steel domed center boss. From:Les costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873, 74 photographic plates by Pascal Sebah, published by the Imperial Ottoman Commission for the "Exposition Universelle" of Vienna in 1873

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