H. including mail 22 in. (55.9 cm); H. excluding mail 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm); Diam. 10 in. (25.4 cm); Wt. including mail 7 lb. 6.2 oz. (3350.9 g); Wt. excluding mail 3 lb. 9 oz. (1616 g)
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1950
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 380
This especially attractive and well preserved turban helmet retains the mail aventail that protected the lower half of the face and neck. The aventail is fixed with a lead seal stamped with the mark used in the Ottoman arsenals, an indication that this example, like the other turban helmets also in the Museum's collection (acc. nos. 04.3.209, .210, .214, .457, .462; 36.25.109), passed into Turkish possession as booty with the Ottoman conquest of Iran and the Caucasus.
At least one turban helmet decorated in a style comparable to this example bears the name of Farruhk-Siar (reigned 1464–1501), ruler of Shirvan in the Caucasus. Such evidence suggests that this helmet is also of Shirvan manufacture.
Inscription: The bottom band of the inscription is the 'Throne' or 'chair' verse from the Koran.
Marking: Stamped on a lead button on the front of the camail: the mark of the Ottoman arsenal at Constantinople.
Sarre, Friedrich, Sammlung F. Sarre, and Eugen Mittwoch. "Sammlung F. Barre." In Erzeugnisse Islamischer Kunst. Vol. 1. Berlin: Kommissionsverlag von Karl W. Hiersemann, 1906. similar helmet discussed, pp. 57–58, no. 171, pl. x.
Kühnel, Ernst. Islamische Kleinkunst. Bibliothek für Kunst- und Antiquitätensammler. 1st ed. ed. Berlin: R.C. Schmidt & Co., 1925. similar helmet discussed, pp. 167–168, fig. 134.
Grancsay, Stephen V. "The New Galleries of Oriental Arms and Armor." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 16, no. 9 (May 1958). pp. 243–245, ill. p. 243.
Grube, Ernst J. "The Ottoman Empire." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 26, no. 5 (January 1968). pp. 201–24, ill. p. 219.
Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: Eine Kulturhistorische Waffenkunde mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. p. 83, ill. p. 83.
Alexander, David G. "Two Aspects of Islamic Arms and Armor: I. The Turban Helmet and II. Watered Steel and the Waters of Paradise." Metropolitan Museum Journal 18 (1983). pp. 97–109, fig. 5.
Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor From the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49, no. 1 (Summer 1991). pp. 1–64, ill. p. 50.
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. pp. 193–194, no. 131 (color).
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Thomas P. Campbell. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. p. 161, ill.