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  • Field Ensign, ca. 1500; Mamluk
    Syria
    Steel; H. 20 3/16 in. (51.3 cm), W. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
    Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935 (36.25.1961)

    Ensigns like this one, which often served as finials for standards, were used to identify units of the army on the battlefield and in military reviews before the sultan. This ensign bears a Qur’anic inscription and the name of a Syrian emir, Sayfi al-Din Tarabay, who is recorded to have commissioned a mausoleum in Cairo in 1503/4. This is probably one of the many ensigns that were taken as booty by the Ottomans when they defeated the Mamluks in 1517.

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  • Field Ensign, ca. 1500; Mamluk
    Syria
    Steel; H. 20 3/16 in. (51.3 cm), W. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
    Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935 (36.25.1961)

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