Helmet

Date: ca. 1560

Geography: probably Istanbul

Culture: Turkish, probably Istanbul

Medium: Steel, iron, gold, silver, copper alloy

Dimensions: H. 10 3/4 in. (27.8 cm); Wt. 5 lb. 11 oz. (2580 g)

Classification: Helmets

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1904

Accession Number: 04.3.456a

Description

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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