03 December 2015
Ancient Egyptian Sultan’s Armor Comes to Auction
ROCK ISLAND, Ill – A chain mail shirt identified to Egyptian Sultan Qaytbay could sell for up to $500,000 this weekend at Rock Island Auction Company’s December Premiere Auction. Qaytbay ruled from 1468 – 1496, and is remembered as a military powerhouse and a benevolent patron of the arts.
The 500-year old chain mail shirt with gold decorated plates could be one of this century’s most important pieces of armor offered at auction. The plates that surround the wearer’s ribcage are covered in elaborate gold koftgari, a process where gold is inlaid into steel, and Qaytbay’s name appears in the intricate gold designs. It is a fitting artistic tribute for the man who funded and led a cultural revolution with an emphasis on architecture. At minimum, 230 buildings and monuments were created under his rule, some of which still stand today.
The armor is conservatively estimated at $200,000 - $500,000, and would be a centerpiece at any world-class museum.
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