Object Title

Helmet (top)

Helmet (top)

Date

1801-1830

Object Number

XXVIA.85

Provenance

Presented by the East India Company, 1851.

Physical Description

This helmet is similar to XXVIA.58, but it is decorated at the rim and on the nasal with a different flower and leaf repeat pattern in gold koftgari.At the apex of the bowl is a plume tube that surmounts a bass in the shape of an inverted lotus flower, both tube and boss being fully gilded. Around the boss is a circle of floral koftgari.
The mail, of small butted links, is decorated with a pattern of rows of small diamonds in brass rings. The mail has a shallow fringe above the eyes and has a split point at the centre of the back and a point each side. It is rather damaged at the right side.
The three plumes are built up of slender black heron feathers each set on a wire joined at their bases to a wooden peg and bound with gold gimp. The lining is of red indian silk.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The diameter of the bowl is 180 mm, the overall height excluding the plumes is 540 mm. Weight: The weight of the helmet is 1.135 kg.

Associations

Bibliographic References

S. Z. Haider, Islamic arms and armour of Muslim India, Lahore, 1991, pl. 41.

H. R. Robinson, Oriental Armour, London, 1967, pl. XXB.

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.54, p.96.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.130, p.33.