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Helmet with Nose Guard and Chain Mail
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Helmet with Nose Guard and Chain Mail

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Description The wearer of this helmet would have been protected by the sturdy steel cap and nasal (the thin section that slid down over the nose) and by the chain mail around the face and neck. Further protection for the Muslim warrior, who may have been a cavalryman, was provided by the inscription, now largely effaced, at the cap's lower edge. It is part of a verse from the Qur'an that ends: "God is all-hearing, all-knowing" (Sura al-Baqara: chapter 2, verse 256). The overall arabesque, or scrollwork, design above the inscription is another common decorative motif on Islamic armor.
Date Description Narrative
10/01/2001Treatmentcleaned; other
  • Again: Arms and Armor. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1940.
  • Exhibition of Persian Art. Iranian Institute, New York. 1940.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911

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17th-18th century (Early Modern)
steel, inlaid with gold
(Arms & Armor)
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13 11/16 x 8 1/16 in. (34.7 x 20.4 cm) (diam.)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)


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