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Mail Shirt

A work made of steel, iron, and brass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel, iron, and brass.

Date:

1550/75

Artist:

Western European; probably German

About this artwork

Tailored to fit a sizable man, this mail shirt has heavier rings placed strategically to protect the neck and chest. The form-fitting sleeves billow out over the elbow to increase mobility. Shirts like this could have been used for fencing practice or worn for protection from bandits or assassins while traveling.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Mail Shirt

Origin

Germany

Date

Made 1550–1575

Medium

Steel, iron, and brass

Dimensions

W. at shoulders: 67.3 cm (26 1/2 in.); L. 91.4 cm (36 in.); Wt. 16 lb. 13 oz.

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2245

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