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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 210

    A COMPOSITE SUIT OF ARMOUR

    OTTOMAN TURKEY, 16TH/17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A COMPOSITE SUIT OF ARMOUR
    OTTOMAN TURKEY, 16TH/17TH CENTURY
    The armoured backplate of circular form with radiating ribs around a central boss, chain mail attaching three sides plates, St Irene arsenal mark, together with a helmet of shallow ribbed domed form with chain mail skirt, together with a chain mail shirt, areas of corrosion
    backplate 11½in. diam. (3)


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    Similar helmets were captured after the siege of Vienna in 1684. Two examples are among the booty in Karlsruhe (Ernst Petrasch et al, Die Karlsruher Tüurkenbeute, Munich, 1991, nos.23 and 24, p.89) while another is in Dresden (Im Lichte des Halbmonds, exhibition catalogue, Dresden, 1995, p.162).