Antique 15th -17th century Mamluke Or Turkish Ottoman Islamic Armour Bazuband

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Very rare, antique, 15th century Mamluk or 17th century Turkish Ottoman Islamic vambrace (arm guard, kolluk, bazuband) hand forged from a thick piece of steel; the main front panel is adorned with three concave flutings surrounded by an arabesque pattern in the Koftgari technique inlaid with yellow metal. Two wrist splints plates are decorated "en suite" with the main panel. The edges applied with five small buckles for leather straps.


Overall length: 34 cm (13.4 inches).

Bazuband width (without two rectangular panels): 11 cm (4.3 inches).

Weight: 480 grams (1.06 lb.)

PROVENANCE: Acquired from an old Canadian Collection of Islamic Art, including Muslim arms and armor.

The Mamluk Sultanate survived until 1517, when the Ottoman Empire conquered it. The Ottoman sultan Selim I captured Cairo and the entire arms and armor from the Cairo arsenal, and as the war booty, it was transferred to Constantinople (Istanbul).

Since the Mamluk arms and armor were known for their high quality throughout the Islamic world, these captured weapons and armor were used by the elite Ottoman cavalrymen (sipahi).

Furthermore, the Ottoman armorers made weapons and armor in Mamluk-style until the middle of the 17th century.

Most of the Ottoman bazubands were made in the typical Indo-Persian style, the bazubands of this unique style, adorned with three concave flutings, are very rare, and only a few have survived to this day.

Compared to Indo Persian bazubands, Mameluke -Turkish Ottoman bazubands are rarely seen in the antique market and museums.

PROVENANCE: Acquired from an old Canadian Collection of Islamic Art, including Muslim arms and armor.

The only known Ottoman bazubands of this form are.

The bazuband in the collection of the Badische Landesmuseum in Karlsruh Germany and is published in the book "Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe. Die Karlsruher Türkenbeute" by Petrasch, E./Sänger, R. Zimmermann, E. (Bearb. u. a.). Page.91.

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A pair of comparable Ottoman bazubands in the collection of the Military History Institute in Prague: The Army Museum Žižkov. Czech Republic.

Published in the catalog. Zbraně Orientu. Weapons of Orient. by Ladislav Čepička. Page.17,18,22. No.5-6.

A pair of similar Ottoman bazubands Christie's "Art of the Islamic and Indian World" London April 8, 2008, lot 181. Sold for £23,300 ($46,181) more than 14 years ago, when prices were lower than today.

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The buyer will be provided with a copy of the pages from the mentioned references and a certificate of authenticity.

In my more than 50 years of experience in handling antique arms and armor, I have only seen seven bazuband of this type: one in the Badische Landesmuseum collection in Karlsruh, pair in the Christie's, catalog, two from the collection of the Military History Institute in Prague and two belonging to us (we sold a similar one many years ago).

To view this bazuband, please see the link below.

Apart from these seven, we have not seen any other such bazuband in reference books, catalogs, or internet sources.

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Militaria & Weapons
Antiques (approx100yrs)
15th -17th century A.D.
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