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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Helmets

Ottoman Shishak

Period:
15th Century
Description:

In the sixteenth century, Ottoman metalworkers developed a novel class of wares fashioned from gilded copper, tombak in Turkish.

 

This helmet is a type of ceremonial armor made of tombak, a copper alloy that was mercury gilded to imitate the appearance of gold. Tombak was made only in the Ottoman Empire and was used to produce helmets, shields, shaffrons, and several other types of metal objects such as candlesticks, braziers, and basins.

 

Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000425
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Leisure Trust


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