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H6667 Mail hood and shirt, steel / iron, probably Isfahan, Persia (Iran), Qajar era, 1800s. Click to enlarge.

Mail hood and shirt زره جنگی

This mail hood and shirt are examples of fine handmade metal arms and armour from the Qajar era in early 19th century Persia (Iran). As objects used for performance and decoration, they were probably made by master steelmakers (fouladsaz) from the city of Isfahan.

This mail ensemble and other similar Qajar metal armour in the Powerhouse collection (H4099, H7905, A1425) were used by male performers for Taziyeh, a type of public religious theatre that depicts the scenes of martyrdom of Imam …


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Object Statement

Mail hood and shirt, steel / iron, probably Isfahan, Persia (Iran), Qajar era, 1800s

Physical Description

Handmade metal arms and armour. The main body is made of a 'metal fabric' - interlocking rings that form a strong, flexible, mesh-shape iron jacket (zereh). Each ring is linked through four others, two in the row above it and two below.




This object was produced during the Qajar era (1789-1925).


Credit Line

Purchased 1960

Acquisition Date

25 May 1960

Cite this Object


Mail hood and shirt زره جنگی 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 October 2021, <>


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