The Shirt Designed to Keep its Wearer Alive


This exquisitely crafted 16th–17th century Ottoman shirt was designed to be worn under armour during battle. In this episode of Anatomy of an Artwork, learn how this ‘jama’ was saturated with talismanic properties, intended to give its wearer protective powers and keep them safe. The garment is one of the highlights of our upcoming sale, Arts of the Islamic World Including Fine Rugs and Carpets (1 May | London). Click here to watch more Sotheby’s videos.

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