The motifs show costumes of the Ottoman court during the reign of Mahmoud II. Elbicei Atika was the name of a costume museum in Constantinople, originally located in the armoury of the Seraglio.
The Muslim soldiers are divided into two classes: the Spahis, or cavalry, and the Janissaries, or infantry.
Albanian soldier in fustanella during Ottoman Empire.
Ottoman Empire Costume of Albanian turk soldier. From the book: Stamboul, Recollections of Eastern Life by Amedeo Preziosi. Published by Lemercier Paris 1861.
Capidji Bachi. Officers of the Grand Signior.
An Inferior Officer of the Janissaries. Lower-ranking official of the Janissary corps.
The Chief Usher to the Grand Seignior (former sultan of Turkey).
Janissaries Ottoman Empire. Turkish Elite Infantry.
Subaltern officer of the Janissary corps. Ottoman Empire.
Each Janissary has a certain indelible symbol marked in the flesh of the arm by means of gunpowder, to shew the Odah, or regiment, to which he belongs.