Description This helmet bears the distinctive mark of the royal arsenal in Istanbul, capital of the Ottoman Dynasty of Turkey (1453-1922). Composed of a circle enclosing a loop over three vertical lines, the stamp is clearly visible to the right of the nose guard on this helmet. In 1839, the Ottoman repository discarded some of its holdings and sold them on the open market. The famous French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme was among the European collectors who acquired these Islamic arms and armor including this very helmet.
Examined and cleaned in preparation for exhibition.
Cleaned in preparation for exhibition.
- Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: Orientalism in America, 1870-1930. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2000-2001.
- Gérôme and His Circle: Travel, Art, and Business in the Middle East. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2015-2016.
Provenance Royal Armory of Istanbul. Purchased by Jean-Léon Gérôme [1824-1904], Paris; purchased by Dikran Kelekian, Istanbul and Paris; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1913; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1913
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