Lot 1649: Islamic Gilt Engraved Kulah Khud Helmet
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 17th-18th century AD. An iron kulah khud helmet with hemispherical bowl decorated with scrolling plant motif and calligraphic panels to the side and rim with Koranic verse; socket to the front for nasal guard, two plume-holders to either side; holes on the top for attachment of spike; mail neck-guard of butted links; mounted on a custom-made stand. See the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, for a similar example made about 1560 for a grand vizier of the Ottoman sultan S?leyman the Magnificent (r. 1520?66"). 4 kg total, 50cm including stand (19 1/2"). Property of a German gentleman; acquired 1980-1990.
Condition Report: Fair condition.