Clothing Research For Lastest Novel
Examples of clothes and accessories I adorn my characters with in my current WIP 'Written By The Stars' (a cross-dimensional fantasy novel)
Philippine (Moro, Mindanao) armor, 19th century, thirty plates attached together with large butted mail rings, arms and lower mid-section with smaller size ringed mail, front main breastplates with applied engraved silver decorative panels in floral shapes and three quatrefoils with swirling terminals along join between two breastplates, two matching latches with protruding studs to bind breastplates together, Breastplates 11 x 11¾in. (28 x 30cm.); Overall size 25½ x 19½in. (64.8 x 49.5cm.)
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Ottoman 15th century style turban helmet and sipar (shield), 19th century. Helmet, blued, pointed, twisted skull, the lower part engraved by floral motifs and cartouches, gold-inlaid inscriptions in Arabic, sliding nosepiece engraved and gold inlaid, butted mail neck-defence. Sipar, a center sun shaped plaque with anthropomorphic face, and a relieved gilt decoration depicting a long snake woven around the four studs, the surface engraved with floral motifs featuring gold inlay.
Chichak, a type of helmet (migfer) originally worn in the 15th-16th century by cavalry of the Ottoman Empire, consisting of a rounded bowl with ear flaps, a peak with a sliding nose guard passing through the peak, and an extension in the back to protect the neck. Various other countries used their own versions of the chichak including Mughal India, in Europe the zischagge helmet was a Germanisation of the original Turkish name. Museum of Islamic Art, Doha Port Doha, Qatar.
Ottoman kalkan (shield), C.1600, plain covered cane with studs of stylised floral form and mounted with a central gilt steel boss decorated in relief with a spiralling design embellished with cartouches of abstract floral motifs, the border with a band of cursive calligraphy, 55.8cm. diameter. This form of shield was of a type characteristically used by the Ottoman light cavalry and provided the defense for those wielding a sabre or bow and arrows, possible rattan palm, willow or dogwood can...