Helmet, Copper alloy (tombak), gold, leather, textile, Turkish


late 16th century
Copper alloy (tombak), gold, leather, textile
H. including nasal 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm); H. excluding nasal 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm); W. 9 in. (22.9 cm); D. 11 in. (27.9 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 13.7 oz. (1295.6 g)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379
This helmet is a type of ceremonial armor made of tombak, a copper alloy that was mercury gilded to imitate the appearance of gold. Tombak was made only in the Ottoman Empire and was used to produce helmets, shields, shaffrons, and several other types of metal objects such as candlesticks, braziers, and basins.
Marking: Stamped with the mark of the Ottoman arsenal at Istanbul.
[Clapp & Graham, New York, after 1914– before November 18, 1935; sold to Stone] ; George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
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. 102-103, cat. no. 36, ill.