23 April 2002
A MUGHAL CHAIN MAIL REINFORCED SILK DOUBLET
North India, 18th century
The finely worked mail coat including gauntlets completely enclosed within the pale orange plain silk covering, strong yellow needle braid trim detailing including fine buttons along the front and at each cuff, coarse cotton plainweave lining, slight damages and corrosion
24in. (66cm.) long
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This jacket appears to have no parallel in the published literature. The elegance of the silk covering belies the fine chain mail inside.
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