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Helmet (chichak)

Helmet (chichak)



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Acquired from the armoury of the Hagia Irene, Istanbul. Purchsed via Robert Curzon, c. 1842. Lent to the British Museum in 1914, returned 1954.

Physical Description

The helmet has a rounded skull surmounted by a spike. Around the rim is a tall band of engraved inscription. On the left side of the helmet above the band of inscription is an arabic inscription-possibly a makers mark.
The peak nailed onto the front of the helmet by 8 nails which all bear traces of former gilding. There is a recess at the front of the helmet between the peak and the helmet where there would have once been a nasal which could have been secured to the helmet by pins through the two holes at the front of the helmet. Holes pierced at the sides of the helmet were presumably for ear flaps which are now missing.
The helmet includes an aventail of heavy riveted mail links that is 18 inches long and 36 links wide at the top. 62 at the widest point in the middle and then tapering to a point.

Inscriptions and Marks

On the front of the helmet above the band of inscription a St. Irene Arsenal mark.


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