Helmet, Steel, iron, copper alloy, gold, Egyptian or Syrian


ca. 1515–1520
Egyptian or Syrian
Steel, iron, copper alloy, gold
H. including mail 24 1/2 in. (62.2 cm); H. 8 in. (20.3 cm); W. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); D. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); Wt. excluding mail 3 lb. 3.8 oz. (1468.5 g)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
Not on view
The engraved decoration, which includes Qur'anic inscriptions, recalls that found on helmets dating to the last years of Mamluk rule, before the Ottomans conquered Egypt in 1517. The helmet is incised with the mark of the Ottoman arsenal, indicating that it was carried back to Istanbul as booty. The spike at the top, the spear-like fixture at the front, and mail are later North African additions, suggesting that the helmet was recycled for use in Sudan during the Mahdi uprising in the 1880s and 1890s.
[William Ockelford Oldman, London, 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. 90-91, cat. no. 31.