Weapons - Armour of a Mameluke ruler

Origin and time: Syria and Egypt, First quarter of the 16th century
KHM (Museum of Fine Arts) Vienna
Inv.No. HJRK_C_85 (Collection of Arms and Armour)

This armour of a Mameluke ruler consists of a helmet and a body armour made of iron chains sewn together into a protective garment. Fire-gilded plates in different shapes, with inscriptions showing verses from the Qur'an as well as supplications cover shoulders and chest. Red ribbons are added.

The part of the helmet covering the nose bears a signature reading: "Completed by the work of the armourer Ali".