Helmet (Khula Khud)


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Despite the modernization of Iran’s military in the nineteenth century, traditional armor continued to be manufactured. Its purpose, however, is uncertain: for military parades, as costume for religious or historical plays, or as romantic souvenirs for the tourist trade. This helmet, with its feline face and horns, features imagery inspired by Iran’s national epic, the Shahnama (Book of Kings)—notably, the tiger-skin headdress and the horned ox-headed mace that were the distinguishing arms of the hero Rustam. Inscriptions in Persian refer to Rustam and several other heroes from the poem.

Helmet (Khula Khud), Steel, iron, copper alloy, Iranian

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