probably Mongolian

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This extremely rare type of helmet is damascened in gold with a design known as the Three Jewels, a popular Buddhist motif representing Buddha, Dharma (Buddha's teachings), and Sangha (the community of believers). The solid construction of the helmet combined with the gold decoration indicate that this was a practical battle helmet, but made for someone of relatively high rank, who was probably a Mongolian follower of Tibetan Buddhism.

Helmet, Iron, gold, silver, turquoise, probably Mongolian

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