HAM 2698

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Accession Number: 2698
Region: Probably Ottoman Turkey
Artifact Type: Mail coat
Date: perhaps 1550-1650
Materials: Steel; brass alloy
Weight: 17 lb.
Length: Height c. 90 cm

Mail armor was used extensively in the late Roman Empire, and adopted by Islamic armies as one of their chief forms of defense. The rings on this coat are stamped with the names Allah, Muhammad, Ali, Fatimah, Hassan, and Hussain. Ali was the founding figure of Shi'ite Islam; he was married to Muhammad's daughter Fatimah, and their sons were Hussain and Hassan. These founding figures of Islam were especially important to Shi'ites, but were revered throughout the Islamic world.

Mail coat