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    Sale 5854

    Arms & Armour

    18 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 1

    A FINE PERSIAN QAJAR KULAH-KHUD OF PRESENTATION QUALITY INSCRIBED WITH VERSES IN PRAISE OF THE KING (NASIR AL-DIN SHAH, R.1848-96)

    MID-19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FINE PERSIAN QAJAR KULAH-KHUD OF PRESENTATION QUALITY INSCRIBED WITH VERSES IN PRAISE OF THE KING (NASIR AL-DIN SHAH, R.1848-96)
    MID-19TH CENTURY
    With well-formed russet-iron skull decorated with a broad band of pricked gold koftgari arabesque scrollwork, a band of koftgari panels around the base filled with a series of verses in praise of both the helmet and the king, with nasal-bar, plume-holders and spike en suite, long camail of small iron rings, and in fine condition.
    10¼in (26cm)


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    The inscriptions compare closely with those on another Qajar helmet in The Museo di Palazzo Fortuny in Venice (Inv.N.158). The verses include a couplet naming Nasir al-Din Shah. See Eredita dell'Islam Arte Islamica in Italia, No.280, exhibition catalogue, The Palazzo Ducale, Venice, October 1993- April 1994, ed. Giovanni Curatola.

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