On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459

In the sixteenth century, Ottoman metalworkers developed a novel class of wares fashioned from gilded copper, tombak in Turkish. In addition to religious and domestic articles, tombak was also used for parade armor, especially helmets, shields, and shaffrons, as it was easy to fashion, lightweight, and, above all, colorful. Embossed in low relief in vertical lobes and with a split-leaf arabesque, this helmet is an unusually elaborate example of tombak armor.

Helmet, Copper; embossed, engraved, stippled, and gilded

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