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Name of Object:

Horsetail

Location:

Vienna, Austria

Holding Museum:

Kunsthistorisches Museum

Date:

Hegira 10th century / AD 16th century

Museum Inventory Number:

AM_PA_571

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Horse hair, wood

Period / Dynasty:

Ottoman

Provenance:

Turkey?

Description:

Tulgars with horse tails were ancient Ottoman symbols denoting social rank; the Turks had brought them with them when they emigrated from their Central-Asian homeland. Part of Archduke Ferdinand’s Turkish booty, this one may have been used during his “Hussars’ tournaments”. The shape and number of horse tails denoted the rank of an Ottoman dignitary. They were placed in front of his tent and accompanied him when the army was on the march. The Sultan was accorded seven or even nine horse tails as a symbol of his authority.

Citation of this web page:

 "Horsetail" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;at;Mus22;7;en&id=clothing_and_costume

MWNF Working Number: AT2 07

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