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Name of Object:

Mamluk armour


Vienna, Austria

Holding Museum:

Kunsthistorisches Museum


Hegira 10th century / AD 1st quarter of the 16th century

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Material(s) / Technique(s):

Repoussé iron, with punched decor, fire gilded; chain mail, partly made of punched rings

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In the 1559 inventory of the collection of Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol (1529–1595) this helmet and cuirassier armour were wrongly attributed to "N. König zu Cuba in India" (a king of Cuba in India). In 1788 the shield was correctly added and the ensemble, for no apparent reason, identified as belonging to the North African maritime hero, Dragut Reis, King of Kairun (died 1565). Modern attribution to a Mamluk prince is based on the artefact's similarity to the morion (open helmet) of Khairbak, the Mamluk governor of Aleppo (Istanbul, Topkapı Sarayı Museum) who handed over Syria to the Ottoman Sultan Selim I in AH 922 / AD 1517. It is the most sumptuous example of this type of Oriental armour.

Citation of this web page:

 "Mamluk armour" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;at;Mus22;18;en&id=arms_and_armoury

MWNF Working Number: AT2 18

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