Indian, Deccan, probably Bijapur (Vijayapur)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379

The helmet is shaped in the form of a cloth turban. A steel plaque riveted at the top is inscribed in Arabic: "There is no hero like Ali and no sword like dhu'l-faqar." This refers to the son-in-law and cousin of the Prophet Muhammad and to the Prophet's sword, which he gave to Ali.

Helmet, Steel, iron, copper alloy, Indian, Deccan, probably Bijapur (Vijayapur)

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