Artifact of the Day

809.7

Fragment of mail and plate armor

Probably Ottoman Empire (1400s-1500s)

Two overlapping rectangular steel plates slightly curved to the body, each pierced with a row of four holes at the ends. These are filled with riveted mail links which also link the plates to one another. One plate is pierced with a horizontal group of two holes at center, possibly where a strap was once fitted. At one edge of both lames is a domed rivet retaining a segment of coarsely woven dark fabric.