the base of cylindrical form rising to a swollen band of diagonal flutes narrowing to a pointed apex housing a fixing for a finial, the indents for the eyes and part of the base with a slender band of steel riveted above piercings for attaching mail, engraved and formerly silver-applied decoration composed of two broad bands of angular and scrolling script (undeciphered), traces of silver, engraved with the tanga of the Ottoman arsenal of St. Eirene
Around the rim
al-'izz al-da'im (?) ....
'Perpetual glory.... '
A very closely related helmet with a similar inscription is in the collection of the Bargello Museum, Florence (Florence 2002, p.50, no.3). The two helmets share the same form, the unusual feature of diagonal fluting and their use of an eccentric script derived from Eastern Kufic. The Bargello piece also carries the tamga of St. Eirene and indicates that both helmets came to be stored in the Ottoman arsenal.
The turban form of helmet is most commonly associated with the Aqqoyunlu, the Turkoman tribe who were defeated by both the Ottomans and internal strife. Variants of the helmet carry inscriptions relating to the king of Shirvan and to Sultan Bayezid II.
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