The Arts of War: Arms and Armour of the 7th to 19th Centuries by David Alexander

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The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art

The arms and armour in the Collection range in date from the 7th to 19th centuries. Particularly important, however, are a group of belt fittings from the medieval period which convey the role of ceremony among the military classes of the Islamic world.

Display was also a major factor behind the creation of the Collection’s two sets of elaborate horse trappings from the 13th and 14th centuries, one of which includes a complete gold saddle.

Among the most dramatic items is a 15th-century war mask, which still inspires a sense of awe, and the impressive array of horse chamfrons includes the only known example from Sultanate India. The descriptions are supplemented by a section on the inscriptions and drawings of details and arsenal marks.

The presentation avoids the strictly typological classification of most previous works on the subject, and aims to give a full sense of the panoply of warfare: the stirrup, the drum, the talismanic shirt, and the banner were as important to the Muslim warrior as the sword and the mail shirt.

27cm x 37cm, 240 pages, Hardcover, 1992 (Condition: As New / Fine)


Condition Definition:
As New / Fine = New or almost without defect
Very Good = Showing signs of wear
Good / Fair = A bit worn but complete, with defects noted
Poor = worn with visible defects

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