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

Helmet

Date:
ca. 1515–1520
Culture:
Egyptian or Syrian
Medium:
Steel, iron, copper alloy, gold
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.116
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.