© Kunsthistorisches Museum © Kunsthistorisches Museum © Kunsthistorisches Museum © Kunsthistorisches Museum

This item has been added to the Database within the Explore Islamic Art Collections project. Information is available in: English, German.

Name of Object:

Mamluk armour


Vienna, Austria

Holding Museum:

Kunsthistorisches Museum

About Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Date of Object:

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

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

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

Period / Dynasty:





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, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;at;Mus22;18;en

MWNF Working Number: AT2 18


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period


On display in


As PDF (including images) As Word (text only)