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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Turkish
Creator Name-CRT: Turkish
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1534
Creation End Date: 1566
Creation Date: mid-16th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Armors
Materials and Techniques: Steel, damascened with gold
Dimensions: H. 10 3/4 in. (27.8 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 04.3.456a
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1904
Style or Period: Ottoman Period
This helmet was forged from watered steel and decorated in gold with arabesques and Koranic 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.
AMICA ID: MMA_.04.3.456a
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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