Selected Passages from Hungarian-Ottoman Wars

Ottoman quiver, bows, and arrows

At the end of a TEMREN (the Turkish Ottoman steel tip arrowhead), many lost their lives or lived scarred or crippled by them. Especially our ancestors in central and eastern Europe, including of course those in the Hungary of the 16th-17th century. These arrowheads were, along with the cannonballs, the sword tip, and musket bullets the most common means to die in a battle. Here are some fantastic, original examples of Ottoman arrows, as resulted from various museum collections.


The description of the blue quiver:
Turkish Bow case “Sadak” and Quiver “Tirkeş” set. Made of, Leather with appliqués, silk threads, silk fabric, and gold leaf, ca. 1550. The bow, which was stowed in the bow case, had become a symbol of Turkish armament alongside the Kilij. Depending on the quality of the bow, it took up to ten years to manufacture the weapon, with individual layers of wood, buffalo horn, and sinew (tendon) glued together with fish glue. Each of these operations required extensive drying times, resulting in a long manufacturing time. The Turkish army did not renounce this weapon even after the introduction of firearms. With these composite bows, the Turks shot up to 800 meters. In order to protect the bow from moisture, after use, it was stored in a Sadak, which was worn on the left side. Sadak also made it possible to stow the bow in close combat, as it was a hindrance. On the other hand, a “Tirkeş” (Quiver) was a container for holding the arrows, which was worn on the right side.

(Source: Radu Fradu, Stork Kosova via Philip Stryjewski and the drawings of Győző Somogyi)


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