Antique 17h -18th century Indo-Persian Islamic Mughal Kulah-Khud Helmet

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Antique 17h -18th century Islamic Indo Persian helmet Kulah-Khud.

The hemispherical skull of the helmet is hand hammered from a single piece of thick, solid steel with visible hammer marks on the inside, but with a perfectly smooth exterior surface.

The skull is surmounted with a long, stout spike and affixed on the front with moveable nasal guard, flanked by two plume holders.

The entire surface of the skull is finely hand chiseled, in low relief, with a floral pattern and six circular medallions. The border is adorned by a broad band form of 12 oval and round cartouches containing Qur'anic inscriptions in the Arabic calligraphic script, "inasta'liq," the top of the helmet is adorned with a large, elaborated star.

These types of Khula Khud helmets originated from Central Asia; however, they were widely used throughout the Islamic world from the 17th to 19th centuries, including Mughal India, Persia, Central Asia, Arab countries, and the Ottoman Empire. Many of these types of helmets used by Ottoman soldiers are displayed at the Topkapı Palace Museum in Istanbul.

Since the market is flooded with reproductions of Indo-Persian arms and armor, including helmets, that look just like authentic artifacts to inexperienced collectors, we would like to inform our clients that this is a 100% authentic Indo-Persian antique helmet dated to the 17th - 19th century and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.


1.Three similar helmets are in the National Museum in New Delhi collection, described as Mughal Indian and dated to the 17th century. They are published in the book "Indian Armours in the National Museum Collection Catalogue" by G.N. Pant and K.K. Sharma.

Page:46. Figure16.

Page: 50. Figure 24.

Page:52. Figure 26.

2. "De Perzen, krijgers en dichters" by Mark Hoos and Francesco Civita. Catalog from the exhibition at the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam.

Below is a link to a video from this exhibition.\

The buyer will be provided with a copy of the pages from the mentioned references, together with a certificate of authenticity.


Height from the top of the spike to the edge of the skull: 23 cm (9.06 inches).

The diameter of the oval edge of the base of the helmet at the widest point: 19 cm (7.48 inches).

CONDITION: It shows its age and use, slightly pitted, tubes of the plume holders broken off, lack of neck chain mail.

Please see all 12 pictures in the listing since they are part of the description.

Item Details

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Militaria & Weapons
Antiques (approx100yrs)
17th-18th century
(Width x Height X Depth)
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Steel and Gold