The Talismanic Ottoman Shirt Designed to Keep its Wearer Alive

LONDON | 1 MAY

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.

More from Sotheby's

Stay informed with Sotheby’s top stories, videos & news.
Receive the best from Sotheby’s delivered to your inbox.

By subscribing you are agreeing to Sotheby’s Privacy Policy. You can unsubscribe from Sotheby’s emails at any time by clicking the “Manage your Subscriptions” link in any of your emails.

We use our own and third party cookies to enable you to navigate around our Site, use its features and engage on social media, and to allow us to perform analytics, remember your preferences, provide services that you have requested and produce content and advertisements tailored to your interests, both on our Site as well as others. For more information, or to learn how to change your cookie or marketing preferences, please see our updated Privacy Policy & Cookie Policy.

Close