Helmet, Steel, copper alloy, Turkish


ca. 1580
Steel, copper alloy
H. 13 in. (33.02 cm); Diam. 8 1/4 in. (20.96 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 8 oz. (1257 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459
The decoration of split leaves and arabesques is found frequently on Ottoman ceramics and carpets of the mid-sixteenth century. Originally, the bowl had a brim with a sliding nasal, cheekpieces, and a neck guard. Two complete examples––one Mamluk (acc. no. 36.25.126), the other Ottoman (acc. no. 04.3.456a)––are also in the Museum's collection.
Marking: Marked on the side with the Tamga of the Ottoman arsenal.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Bloomington. Indiana University Art Museum. "Islamic Art Across the World: An Exhibition Prepared by Theodore Bowie in Partial Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Indiana University," June 18–October 1, 1970, no. 289.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Imperial Turkey and its European Echoes," November 15, 1973–March 3, 1974.

Bowie, Theodore Robert. Islamic Art Across The World: : an exhibition / Prepared by Theodore Bowie in partial celebration of the 150th anniversary of Indiana University. Indiana University Art Museum publication ; 1970/3. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University, 1970. no. 289.

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. 99–100, no. 34, ill.