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made in Persia

Postcard of Helmet.
© National Museums Scotland


This Persian spiked helmet (kulah) dates to the 17th or 18th century.

The helmet has a spike, plume holders, an adjustable nose-guard and fine chain-mail protecting the neck. It is richly damascened in gold with an arabesque pattern.

When in use the helmet was often wrapped with a coloured cloth and decorated with feathered plumes. The inscriptions identified the wearer as a defender of the Muslim faith and were also meant to protect in battle and ward off misfortune.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-545-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1890.266
Date: 16th or 17th century AD
17th or18th century
Material: Steel damascened in gold
Dimensions: 25.00" H
Subject: Arms and armour
Where: Middle East, Persia
Event: Paris Exhibition of 1889
Description: Helmet of steel, with a spike, plume-holders, a face-bar and fine chain-mail protecting the neck curtain, and richly damascened in gold with a scroll pattern and a border inscription: Persia, 16th or
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