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Helmet

Date:
dated A.H. 977/A.D. 1588–89
Culture:
Turkish
Medium:
Steel, copper alloy, gold
Dimensions:
H. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm); Diam. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 7.4 oz. (1570.6 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.107
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379
This example is inscribed with the name Vizier Hasan Pāshā and the date A.H. 977 (A.D. 1588–89). A number of helmets and other elements of armor are engraved with the names of high-ranking Ottoman officials. These are not necessarily owners' names but presumably served as inventory markings, indicating the vizier who was responsible for the armories at the time or designating helmets that belonged to men under the vizier's command. Hasan Pāshā was governor of Egypt from 1580 to 1583.
Inscription: Inscribed with the name Vizier Hasan Pāshā and the date A.H. 977 (A.D. 1588–89).

Marking: Inscribed with the mark of the Ottoman arsenal at Istanbul.
Ex. coll.: Laking (sale no. 329 DXX).George Cameron Stone, New York (by 1934–d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
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