Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense), Gold, copper alloy (tombak), leather, textile, Turkish

Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense)

17th century
Gold, copper alloy (tombak), leather, textile
H. 20 3/8 in. (51.8 cm); W. 22 1/4 in. (56.5 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 11 oz. (1684 g)
Equestrian Equipment-Shaffrons
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379
This shaffron is unusually complete and is one of the few examples to retain its original cheek plates. It is engraved with tulip designs and inscribed across the forehead: "Made at the order of Emir Yusuf."
Inscription: Inscribed across the forehead: "Made at the order of Emir Yusuf."
Ex. coll.: Parham.
Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge. Catalogue of a Selected Portion of the Renowned Collections of Armour and Weapons Formed by Robert Curzon (1810–1873) Fourteenth Baron Zouche of Haryngworth... and Now the Propoerty of the Right Hon. Baroness Zouche of Haryngworth. London: Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, November 10–11, 1920. lot 20.

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. Cat. no. 51, pp. 135-136, ill.