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  • Helmet, mid-16th century; Ottoman period
    Turkish
    Steel, damascened with gold

    H. 10 3/4 in. (27.8 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1904 (04.3.456a)

    This helmet was forged from watered steel and decorated in gold with arabesques and Qur’anic inscriptions. It is similar to a helmet (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna) made about 1560 for a grand vizier of the Ottoman sultan Süleyman the Magnificent (r. 1520–66). Both helmets were presumably made in one of the imperial workshops in Istanbul. Although this helmet is a serviceable military object, it must have been created primarily as part of a parade armor and as a symbol of rank.

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    Helmet, mid-16th century; Ottoman period
    Turkish
    Steel, damascened with gold

    H. 10 3/4 in. (27.8 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1904 (04.3.456a)


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