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    Armor: Antique Indo-Persian Islamic "Horned Demon" Helmet Kulah-Khud, Nineteenth Century. The helmet has a hemi-spherical skull formed of a hand forged steel plate with a stout mounted long spike at the top, a pair of plume-holders, sliding nasal (missing set pin and nose shield), original neck-defense of chain mail of rounded iron and brass links, and red cloth lining. The helmet has the face of a demon or Div, which, according to Persian mythology, the great Persian hero, Rostam, defeated the king of the Divs and thereafter wore a helmet with an image of his victim's face. The wearer of this helmet would therefore have been considered to possess the heroic qualities of Rostam. The back of the skull is etched with a large depiction of the Rostam defeating the Div king. That is bordered by hunting etchings. Along the rim is a broad band of calligraphic script in silver and heightened in gold koftgari. The height from the top of the spike to the bottom of the mail is 25.5" and it is 7.5" in diameter. A few broken or missing links, else, fine.

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    November, 2011
    12th Saturday
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