Detail View: The AMICA Library: Helmet

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.04.3.456a
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Nationality: 
Asian; Anatolian; Turkish
Creator Name-CRT: 
Turkish
Title: 
Helmet
Title Type: 
Object name
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
mid-16th century
Creation Start Date: 
1534
Creation End Date: 
1566
Materials and Techniques: 
Steel, damascened with gold
Classification Term: 
Armors
Style or Period: 
Ottoman Period
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
Rights: 
Context: 

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 S├╝leyman 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.

Related Image Identifier Link: 
MMA_.aa04.3.456a.R.tif