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Creation date: late 19th century
Creation place: India

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Type: Steel Helmet
Medium and Support: Steel, gold and silver
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward Jones
Accession Number: 1968.54
Dimensions: 12 3/4 in. x 7 3/8 in. x 9 1/16 in. (32.39 cm x 18.73 cm x 23.02 cm)


Mrs. Edward Jones, Chula Vista, California ( - May 18, 1968)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (May 18, 1968 - )

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June 2005
Tastes in Asian Art Installation
Arms and armor of the Islamic world were often embellished with delicate vegetal arabesques, recalling Koranic descriptions of paradise, which faithful warriors hope to obtain in death. Similar helmets are visible on the warriors depicted in paintings of battle scenes from Iran and Mughal India. The use of chain mail was common in these hot climates, since it was much lighter and cooler than plate metal armor.
A flag, plume, or finial would have been inserted at the apex of the dome. The dome itself was thought to mimic the dome of a holy Islamic building, such as a mosque.
Last Updated: 6/8/2005


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Tastes in Asian Art Rotation , 5/28/2005 - 11/6/2005

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