Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Portions of a Cuirass

late 16th–17th century
Steel, iron, copper alloy, textile
Breastplate: 14 1/8 x 18 1/8 in. (36 x 46 cm); Diam. of center disc (min) 10 7/8 in. (27.61 cm); Diam. of center disc (max) 11 1/8 in. (28.24 cm); Shoulder defense: 4 1/8 x 19 7/8 in. (10.5 x 50.5 cm)
Armor Parts-Backplates
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
Not on view
Armors with circular breastplates appeared in the Middle East in the late fifteenth century and were used by the Ottoman heavy cavalry throughout the sixteenth century. This example has plates embossed in high relief lettering with several different verses from the Koran praising God.
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
Dean, Bashford. Notes on Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916.

Schimmel, Annemarie. "Islamic Calligraphy." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., vol. 50, no. 1 (Summer 1992).

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