Helmet - 948.1.272_2

948.1.272_2

Helmet

Medium:Wrought steel with traces of guilding
Geography: Possibly acquired in the Sudan
Date: 15th century AD? 19th century AD?
Dimensions:
54 x 20 cm
Object number: 948.1.272
Credit Line: The Collection of the First Lord Kitchener
Not on view
DescriptionNo exact parallels have been found for this helmet as of yet. Its tall pointed form may be related to helmets of the Middle East, especially the Mamluk realm (Egypt and Syria) dating to the 15th century. However the very worn nature of it, with the original gilding barely visible, would suggest many years of use. The helmet comes from the 1st Lord Kitchener's collection donated to the ROM in 1948. Kitchener worked in Syria-Palestine and Egypt, but most of the arms and armour acquired by him in this part of the world were obtained in the Sudan during the wars against the Mahdists, who reused a great deal of armour acquired in earlier successes against the Egyptian army, and were known to acquire "vintage" armour from across the Middle East as far as Iran.
Collection:
Islamic World
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