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18th Century Damascene Persian Armor Collection
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18th Century Damascene Persian Armor Collection


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Pre 1920: Item # 1331786
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A fine collection of Persian armor and weapons, which includes the "Khulah-kud" (helmet). With its original ziggurat fringe chainmail, engraved nose guard, and gilt pointed finial. Fashioned with decorative mounts for plumes or feathers. The helmet is damascened in gold with Koranic text and arabesque floral, and bird motif.

The large, round "Dhal" shield is ornately decorated with engraved floral motifs outlined in gold framed Arabic text adorning the outer edges. Four protruding mounts used to attached leather straps to a warriors forearm. Remnants of original cotton material line the shield

The battle axe, or "tabar", has beautiful gilt filigree along its edges. Engravings of birds amongst floral motifs is shown in detail along the blade. The handle unscrews, revealing a secret compartment that holds a dagger.

The damascene work is consistent throughout and shows a high level of craftsmanship in terms of gold and iron to wrought this beautiful masterpiece of weaponry.