• Hanham Court - A Pastoral Idyl auction at Christies

    Sale 5466

    Hanham Court - A Pastoral Idyll

    14 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 210

    TWO MAHDIST TUNICS

    KHARTOUM, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    TWO MAHDIST TUNICS
    KHARTOUM, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    Each with applied patches and blue yokes, the first with woolen patches and a pocket, the second with cotton appliqués, both with one sleeve missing, mounted in glazed cases
    The cases - 50¼ x 36¼ in. (127.5 x 92 cm.)
    Together with a group of nine spears (11)


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    These tunics were worn by the besieging Mahdi troops during the battle for Khartoum. They were led by the Mahdi Muhammad Ahmad against a defending army of 7000 loyal Sudanese troops under General Charles George Gordon. The siege lasted from March 13, 1884 to January 26, 1885. After a ten-month siege, the Mahdists finally broke into the city and the entire garrison was killed.

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