African cuirass, Bornu, iron and leather. The British Museum. The Bornu Empire (1380–1893) was a state of what is now northeastern Nigeria from 1380 to 1893. It was a continuation of the great Kanem Empire founded centuries earlier by the Sayfawa Dynasty. In time it would become even larger than Kanem, incorporating areas that are today parts of Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
Sudanese helmet, mid to late 1800s, hemispherical bowl forged of a single piece of steel, with robust nasal and brass finial. The camail of riveted rings.Mid-19th century. Overall height with camail 40 cm.
Ancient hide armor from Qasr Ibrim, an archaeological site in Lower Nubia, located in the modern country of Egypt. The name is derived from the nearby village of Ibrim, on the east bank of the Nile. Throughout its long history, stretching from the 25th Dynasty (c. 752-656 BC) to the Ottoman Period (c. 1500-1811 AD), Qasr Ibrim was one of the most important settlements in Egyptian Nubia. The site has produced an unprecedented wealth of material even for Egypt.