Steel, damascened with gold; H. 10 3/4 in. (27.8 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1904 (04.3.456a)
This helmet was forged from watered steel and decorated in gold with arabesques and Quranic inscriptions. It is similar to a helmet (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna) made about 1560 for a grand vizier of the Ottoman sultan Süleyman the Magnificent (r. 152066). 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.