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Helmet

Date:
early 17th century
Geography:
Turkey
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Copper; embossed, engraved, stippled, and gilded
Dimensions:
10 13/16 x 9 1/16 in. (27.5 x 23 cm)
Classification:
Arms and Armor
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Ruth Blumka, in memory of Leopold Blumka, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.118
  • Description

    In the sixteenth century, Ottoman metalworkers developed a novel class of wares fashioned from gilded copper, tombak in Turkish. In addition to religious and domestic articles, tombak was also used for parade armor, especially helmets, shields, and shaffrons, as it was easy to fashion, lightweight, and, above all, colorful. Embossed in low relief in vertical lobes and with a split-leaf arabesque, this helmet is an unusually elaborate example of tombak armor.

  • Provenance

    Theron J. Damon, Istanbul(until 1925; sold to Dean); Bashford Dean, Riverdale, NY (1925–28; sale, American ArtAssociation, New York, November 23–24, 1928, lot 302, to Duveen for Mackay); Clarence Mackay, Roslyn, NY (1928–d. 1938; his estate, from1938); Leopold and Ruth Blumka, New York (until 1974)

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