ISLAM. Arms and Armor from the collection of Frederick Stibbert
A journey through the lands of the Islamic world, from Turkey, Persia, India Mughal past centuries.
The Islamic section of the Stibbert Museum, along with Japan, is one of the rarest collections of arms and armor in Europe for completeness and preciousness of works held. Many cultures of the Islamic roots are here in fact represented with artifacts of great beauty and unique to the technology used in metalworking, made even more precious by the insertion of precious stones.
The exhibition thus provides the performance of a large number of armor made from the end of the fifteenth century until the early nineteenth century that, usually, you can not admire in all its perfection in the scenic layout of the rooms of the Museum of Islamic devised Stibbert by itself. These works are of high quality manufactured by reputable gunsmiths who created various types of armor specifically designed to better defend the warriors on the battlefield, along with other examples are intended to be worn during parades.
The museum owes its existence to an extraordinary man, Frederick Stibbert (1838-1906), of an English father and an Italian mother, born in Florence, but educated in England.
He came from a military family: his father Colonel of the prestigious Coldstream Guards, the grandfather Governor General of Bengal, India, from where it began the wealth of the family that the young Stibbert inherited his early twenties.
He devoted his attention to the early collection for which he himself created, on the hill of Montughi, a museum. "My Museum" as he called it, "that cost me large sums of money, many cares and labors," he adds in his will. At his death he left the museum to the city of Florence.
Via Federigo Stibbert 26
Bus 4 (stop: Gioia) from Firenze SMN Train Station