Helmet, Steel, iron, gold, copper alloy, possibly Turkish, Istanbul, in the style of Turkman armor


ca. 1500–1525
possibly Turkish, Istanbul, in the style of Turkman armor
Steel, iron, gold, copper alloy
H. including cheek defense 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); H. including nasal 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); H. excluding cheek defense and nasal 10 in. (25.4 cm); W. 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm); D. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 15.4 oz. (1797.4 g)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379
This is one of the few conical helmets of the period to retain its original brim, nasal, cheeks, and nape defense. The brass trim, engraved with a zigzag motif, is typical of Mamluk and Ottoman helmets about 1500
[Bachereau, either Victor Reverchon or his nephew Louis Reverchon, before November 18, 1935; sold to Stone]; George Cameron Stone, New York (by 1934–d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
Stone, George Cameron. A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times, Together with Some Closely Related Subjects. Portland, Maine: Southworth Press, 1934. pp. 38, 42, fig. 51, no. 1, fig. 55.

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. 92-94, cat. no. 32, ill.