Object Title

Mail chausses (pyjama zereh)

Mail chausses (pyjama zereh)



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Acquired before 1859. Lent to the British Museum in 1914 and returned in 1954.

Physical Description

Composed of butted mail with a diapered diamond pattern worked in with brass rings. The trousers are en suite with the shirt. They comprise two separate legs fitted with a drawstring for the waist.The outer fabric is of red striped silk, with a lining of buff cotton. The mail is sewn into place so as to cover the region from the thighs to the ankles, a short piece of fabric extending below the mail. Small plastic bag attatched with links removed from xxvia.6


Dimensions: The length from the waist to the lower hem is 890 mm, the length of the mail is 690 mm. Weight: The weight of the pyjama is 2.9 kg.


Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.367, p. 109.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv. 176, p. 32.

H. R. Robinson, Oriental Armour, London, 1967, pl. XVI A.

S. Z. Haider, Islamic arms and armour of Muslim India, Lahore, 1991, pl. 15.


Given a separate value as these were not to be included in a loan and value would then be total above less the £650