Object Title

Mail shirt (zirh)

Mail shirt (zirh)



Object Number



Found in the Oriental Armoury, 10 August 1992.

Physical Description

The shirt has half length sleeves and long skirts that have been shaped square at the fork in the Sudanese manner. There is a small neck opening with a low standing collar made of nine rows of links with the overlap widened. All of the links are rivetted using wedges. There are odd repairs of butted and riveted links of bigger diameter in places. Underneath is a quilted 'Jibbah' of white fabric with a low standing collar and purple trim.


Dimensions: The length of the shirt from shoulder to hem is 1040 mm, across the chest it is 550 mm, from hem to fork it measures 530 mm and from cuff to cuff 1140 mm. Weight: The weight of the shirt is 7.15 kg.

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