Object Title

Mail hood (kolah zereh)

Mail hood (kolah zereh)



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Acquired from Great Exhibition, 1851. Lent to British Museum in 1914 and returned in 1954.

Physical Description

The hood is of a large size meant to be worn over a turban. The crown is built up of sections with a central gilt boss on the top of the crown. From the level of the temples it falls well out onto the shoulders with long rectangular extensions hanging down the front and back of the wearer's body. Over the face the mail is cut in a deep V so that when the hood is worn a face opening is created with a pointed flap covering the nose and shading the eyes. The mail is of alternate rows of small riveted rings and solid punched rings cut out with a semicircular punch leaving a bar across the centre of the rings and so preventing them from turning.


Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.272, p.105.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.412, p.40.