Chain Mail Shirt


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Chain Mail Shirt   (1917.05.0007)
  1. Science & Technology T&E
  2. :
  3. Armaments
  4. :
  5. Body Armor
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Gothic, 11th – 15th century
Culture N/A

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 133.0 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 79.0 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 1.5 cm
Weight 8,461 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Metal--Iron
Manufacturing Processes Forging, Cast
Munsell Color Information Dark Grayish Brown (7.5 Y R 2/2) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

"CHAIN MAIL: This long shirt of interlinked metal rings, though heavy uncomfortable, was flexible and allowed movement. Knights wore it because before the manufacture of plate armor, chain mail provided a fair degree of protection." -John Buckler and John McKay, A History of Western Society, (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979), 295.

Description N/A

Metropolitan Museum of Art, on file.


_A Guide to the Greek Coin Reproductions from the British Museum that are in the World Heritage Museum Collection_ NOTE: The "Guide" was compiled from information taken from: Hill, G.F. _A Guide to the Principal Coins of the Greeks from Circ. 700 B.C. to A.D. 270, Based on the Work of Barclay V. Head_. University Press, Oxford,j 1965. Head, Barclay V. _A Guide to the Principal Gold and Silver Coins of the Ancients from B.C. 700 to A.D. 1_. Oxford University Press, London, 1895. Buckler, John, and John McKay. A History of Western Society. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Purchase
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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