Helmet with Talismanic Inscriptions

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

Although this helmet was a serviceable military object, it was probably used as an accessory of a parade armour. Forged from watered steel and damascened in gold with talismanic inscriptions, it contains an invocation to 'Ali, the son-in-law and cousin of the Prophet, and calls upon him for protection against harm and danger. The verses are distinctly Shi'i, and commonly found on objects from the Timurid through the Qajar periods in Iran and Central Asia.

Helmet with Talismanic Inscriptions, Steel; damascened with gold

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