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Circassian Art Gallery - Галерея Адыгского Искусства - Son Yüklenenler/Nart Archer by Aisa Khapisht

Circassian Art Gallery - Галерея Адыгского Искусства - Son Yüklenenler/Nart Archer by Aisa Khapisht

An Ottoman Circassian man, Istanbul, 1887. Bir Osmanlı Çerkesi, İstanbul, 1887.

An Ottoman Circassian man, Istanbul, Bir Osmanlı Çerkesi, İstanbul,

From the middle of the fifteenth century, imperial armies were dominated by Janissary infantry divisions composed of conscripted youths from conquered lands. Their control of artillery and firearms gave them great power; by the middle of the sixteenth century, they intervened in dynastic succession disputes.

The Janissaries were infantry units that formed the Ottoman Sultan's household troops and bodyguards. The force was created by the Sultan Orhan in 1383 and was abolished by Sultan Mahmud II in 1826 in the Auspicious Incident.