Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense), Copper alloy, gold, iron, Turkish

Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense)

Date:
first half 16th century
Culture:
Turkish
Medium:
Copper alloy, gold, iron
Dimensions:
H. 23 1/4 in. (59.1 cm); W. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 4 oz. (1917 g)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Shaffrons
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.496
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459
Armor made of gilt copper (tombak) was probably too flimsly for use in battle but was ideally suited for parades. Tombak helmets, shields, shaffrons, and other military equipment may have been worn by the Ottoman imperial guard.
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
Katonah, N.Y. The Katonah Gallery. "Islamic Insights: An Introduction to Islamic Art," March 15–May 2, 1980.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Bright Side of the Battle: Symbol and Ceremony in Islamic Arms and Armor," January 17–September 1, 1985.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Stuart Cary Welch. The Islamic World. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. p. 124, no. 94, ill.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Stuart Cary Welch. The Islamic World. 3rd ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2008. p. 124, no. 94, ill.

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, eds. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. pp. 314–315, no. 224, ill.

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. p. 134, no. 50, ill.