Object Title

Helmet (kolah khud)

Helmet (kolah khud)

Date

1800-1899

Object Number

XXVIA.130

Provenance

Old Tower Collection.

Physical Description

The helmet is of the usual hemispherical shape, but from two pieces, a narrow band forming the lower edge of the bowl. At the apex is a concave shaped finial surmounted by a quadrangular spike. The entire surface of the bowl is chiselled and gilded. There are four shaped cartouches evenly spaced around the bowl depicting mounted archers hunting with dogs. The spaces between are filled with other figures and animals. Around the base of the bowl is a border with animals and oval cartouches with text. The sliding nasal (in fact upside down) has one finial decorated with a dog, the other with a rabbit. There are two plume tubes, the attachment finial being decorated by ducks. The aventail is of plain butted mail hanging with a double point down the back, three small points over each shoulder and long points in front.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The diameter of the bowl proper is 205 mm, the overall height is 600 mm. Weight: The helmet weighs 1.3 kg.

Component parts

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Places Persia

Notes

VALUED WITH SHIELD