Helmet with Aventail

Date: late 15th–16th century

Culture: Turkish, in the style of Turkman armor

Medium: Steel, iron, silver, copper alloy

Dimensions: H. including mail 22 in. (55.9 cm); H. excluding mail 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm); Diam. 10 in. (25.4 cm); Wt. including mail 7 lb. 6.2 oz. (3350.9 g); Wt. excluding mail 3 lb. 9 oz. (1616 g)

Classification: Helmets

Credit Line: Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1950

Accession Number: 50.87

Description

This especially attractive and well-preserved turban-shaped helmet is stamped with the mark used in the Ottoman arsenals, indicating that it, like several other turban helmets in the collection, passed into Turkish possession as booty with the Ottoman conquest of Iran and Caucasus. At least one turban helmet decorated in a style comparable to this example bears the name of Farrukh-Siar (r. 1464–1501), ruler of Shivran in the Caucasus. Such evidence suggests that the Museum's helmet is also of Shivran manufacture.

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