Mamluk
Helmet

19 cm

Period: Mamluk period, 1293 – 1341
Origin: Egypt or Syria
Materials: Steel with gold inlay

Helmet of al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun

The applied arts thrived under the Mamluk Sultanate, a dynasty that ruled Egypt and the Levant, from Cairo. This helmet is the oldest known example of a Mamluk helmet and one of the most refined samples of Mamluk metalwork of this period.

A gilt band runs encircles the helmet, with an inscription in Thuluth calligraphy against a background of arabesques...

...listing the name and title of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun, who reigned from 1293 until 1341.

The nose guard could slide down. Feathers were originally affixed on both sides and the top of the helmet.

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