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Kulah Khud
  • Kulah Khud
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Persia
  • 19th century
  • Steel, iron, gold, brass, textile (cotton)
  • Inscription: īn khūd chu khurshīd ki barāmad zi sar-i kūh
    z’ āhan gashta būd murassa‘ u zar u sīm
    hamchu falak-i hashtum akhtar-rā ārāyish
    basar-i falakī … ki bast dar-rā
    az shahr-i farkhunda-pay ablaq-i barq
    alqissa, rubūdan-i sar-i sultān-i javānbakht
    īn khūd-i murassa‘ ba-saram dilāvurd
    chu būd ān sar tāj-i kay u afsar-i qaysar This helmet, like the sun emerging from over a mountain
    of iron was gem-studded and gold and silver
    like the eighth celestial sphere, adornment of the stars
    over a sphere…that closed the door
    the steed of lightning from a felicitous city
    in short, taking the head of the lucky ruler
    this gem-studded helmet on my head gave me courage
    since that head was Chosroes’ crown and Caesar’s diadem
  • OA1436
  • Oriental Armoury
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