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Helmet

Date:
dated A.H. 1196/A.D. 1781–82
Culture:
Turkish
Medium:
Steel, silver, niello
Dimensions:
H. including mail 24 in. (61 cm); H. excluding mail 9 in. (22.9 cm); Diam. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 13.8 oz. (1752 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.115
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379
The tulip decoration on the bowl suggests that this is an older Ottoman piece, possibly from Turkestan and made in the seventeenth or eighteenth century, which was refurbished in 1781–82 with nielloed silver mounts of typical Caucasian workmanship. The inscriptions suggest a Tartar origin in the Crimea.
Ex. coll.: Laking (sale no. 325 EO).George Cameron Stone, New York (by 1934–d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
Christie, Manson & Woods. Catalogue of The Collection of Arms and Armour and Objects of Art Formed by Sir Guy Francis Laking, Bart.. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, April 19–22, 1920. Cat. no. 325.

Stone, George Cameron. A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times, Together with Some Closely Related Subjects. Portland, Maine, 1934. p. 37, fig. 50, no. 1.

Alexander, David, Stuart W. Pyhrr, and Will Kwiatkowski. Islamic Arms and Armor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. pp. 111-112, cat. no. 40, ill.

Rivkin, Kirill. Arms and Armor of Caucasus. United States, 2015. pp. 152, 156, fig. 76.



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