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17th–18th century
probably Golconda, Andhra Pradesh
Indian, Deccan, possibly Golconda
Steel, iron, gold
H. including mail 24 in. (61 cm); H. including nasal 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm); H. excluding mail and nasal 9 in. (22.9 cm); W. 9 in. (22.9 cm); D. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 12 oz. (1701 g)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379
The helmet is decorated with Koranic inscriptions, including (Koran 61:13), "Help from Allah and a speedy victory." In the nineteenth century, it belonged to Aldolphe Goupil, father-in-law of the painter Jean-Leon Gérôme (1824–1904). It appears in Gérôme's 1869 painting Un Marchand d'armes au Caire.
Ex. coll.: Aldolphe Goupil, France; George C. Stone.George Cameron Stone, New York (by 1934–d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
Katonah. The Katonah Gallery. "Islamic Insights: An Introduction to Islamic Art," March 15–May 2, 1980.

Goupil collection. 1888. Lot 231 (this helmet, called Persian).

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, ME, 1934. p. 38, fig. 51, nos. 2,3.

Katonah Museum of Art. Islamic Insights: An Introduction to Islamic Arts. Katonah, NY: Katonah Museum of Art, 1980. no. 24.

Ricketts Howard, and Philippe Missillier. Splendeur Des Armes Orientales. Paris: ACTE-EXPO, 1988. no. 121.

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. 108-110, no. 39, fig. 25.

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