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Boabdil's items

  • Boabdil's 'jineta' sword © Museo del Ejército - Ministerio de Defensa

    Boabdil's 'jineta' sword © Museo del Ejército - Ministerio de Defensa

     
  • Boabdil's 'marlota' © Museo del Ejército - Ministerio de Defensa

    Boabdil's 'marlota' © Museo del Ejército - Ministerio de Defensa

  • Boabdil's shoes © Museo del Ejército - Ministerio de Defensa

    Boabdil's shoes © Museo del Ejército - Ministerio de Defensa

  

Category

Military

Date

15th century

Cultural background

Nasrid

Original title

Conjunto de Boabdil
Toledo Army Museum
Toledo
Toledo, Castile-La Mancha
Toledo

Set of objects said to belong to Boabdil el Chico, last Nasrid king of Granada, made up of a jineta sword, estoque sword and clothes.

Both Nasrid swords stand out because of their decoration, and because they were given to Don Diego Fernández de Córdoba, Governor of Los Donceles, by the Catholic Monarchs. The jineta sword bears inscriptions from the Koran and Moorish motifs on the hilt. On the estoque sword there is an inscription with the motto of the Nasrid dynasty: "Only God is victorious".

The costume was worn by Boabdil (Abu Abd Allah Muhammad) during the battle of Lucena (20 April 1483), and it was given to his captors by the Catholic Monarchs, as plunder. The red velvet marlota (outer skirt), made in a Christian kingdom with Gothic motifs and the colour of the reigning dynasty in Granada, Banu Ahmar (ahmar = red) is a symbol of the situation of Al-Andalus during the last stage of Moorish domination in the Iberian Peninsula.

Details of the work

Origin/Provenance
Granada

Dimensions
Total length of swords: 97 cm and 99 cm. 'Marlota': 103 x 155 cm; Boots: 63 x 18.5 cm; shoes: 24.5 x 10 cm (left), 25.5 x 10 cm (right)

Technique
Swords: Wrought iron; ivory; tanned; enamelled; niello; embossed. 'Marlota': velvet; taffeta; plaited edge. Boots: tanned; sewn; embossed leather. Shoes: tanned; sewn.

Material
Swords: Steel; cordovan; enamel; silver, ivory; silk; gold. 'Marlota': Silk; linen; metal thread. Boots and shoes: leather; linen.

  

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