Artifact of the Day


Mail coat

Probably Ottoman Turkey (perhaps 1550-1650)

Coat has short pointed sleeves. The rings are inscribed in Arabic with the names God, Muhammad, Ali (Muhammad's son-in-law and successor in the view of Shi'ites), Fatimah (Ali's wife, Muhammad's daughter), Hassan (Ali and Fatimah's eldest son, Ali's successor), Hussain (Ali and Fatimah's second son, Hassan's successor). Steel riveted rings of flattened cross-section, flat on back with stamped inscription on front; external diameter c. 15 mm, internal c. 12 mm. Brass rings at front opening, bottom edge, cuffs. Smaller, lighter, and plains rings for collar. Coat has slit in back, opens in front; .