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>>1390 Mamluk tabardar
Subjecttabardar elite guard / halberdier
Culture: Mamluk
Setting: Mamluk sultanate, Egypt/Mediterranean 13th-15thc
Objecttabar axe

* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
"Ax, [right]
Steel damascened with gold  Syrian, Mamluk period, 15th century
The Mamluk sultans and emirs employed a special corps of ax-bearers, probably in imitation of the Varangian (Viking) guard of the emperors of Byzantium.  The cup decorating the socket of this ax is the blazon of a Mamluk emir and indicates that he was originally a cupbearer to the sultan."  ...

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