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Shirt of Mail and Plate

Date:
15th–16th century
Culture:
Iranian or Turkish
Medium:
Steel, iron, copper alloy, gold, silver, leather
Dimensions:
H. 39 1/4 in. (99.7 cm); W. at shoulders 19 in. (48.26 cm); L. of metal plate at waist 8 1/2 in. (21.59 cm); W. of metal plate at waist 10 1/2 in. (26.67 cm); Wt. 25 lb. 10 oz. (11.61 kg)
Classification:
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.456b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379
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.
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."
Ex. coll.: Duc de Dino, Paris.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Islamic Art. "Bright Side of Battle," January 17–September 1, 1985.

de Cosson, Charles A. Le Cabinet D'armes De Maurice De Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc De Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. no. N. 1, pl. 8.

Grancsay, Stephen V. "The New Galleries of Oriental Arms and Armor." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 16, no. 9 (May 1958). pp. 241–242, ill. p. 242.



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