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Shirt of Mail and Plate

Date:
15th century
Culture:
Iranian
Medium:
Steel, damascened with silver and partly gilt
Dimensions:
Weight, 25 lb. (11.34 kg) Length, 31 in. (78.74 cm) Width at shoulders, 19 in. (48.26 cm) Length of metal plate at waist, 8 1/2 in. (21.59 cm) Width of metal plate at waist, 10 1/2 in. (26.67 cm)
Classification:
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.456b
  • Description

    Acording to a Venetian ambassador writing in about 1478, the Ak-Koyunlu (White Sheep Turkoman) wore armor of "iron in little squares and wrought with gold and silver tacked together with small mail." Armor of this type seems to have been used throughout eastern Anatolia, Persia, and the Caucasus. This example is inscribed with generalized phrases extolling the power and glory of the ruler ("Glory to our lord . . . the sultan . . . the king") similar to those found on the Ak-Koyunlu turban helmets also in the Museum's collection (04.3.209, .214, .432). Designed for use in battle, the armor is more elaborately decorated than most and was probably also used for ceremonial purposes.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscriptions on the top plate, left front side: "Glory to our Lord... the sultan;"

    On the bottom plate, left front side: "the Sultan Ibrahim;"

    On the bottom plate, right front side: "the king, the khan."

  • Provenance

    Ex. coll.: Duc de Dino, Paris.

  • See also
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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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