The Wallace Collection

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Baizat
  • Baizat
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Egypt
  • 17th century and 19th century (bowl)
    19th century (altered)
  • Steel, gold
  • Diameter: 22.5 cm
  • Inscription: Allahu la ilaha illahuwa alhayyu alqayyoomu la ta/khuthuhusinatun wala nawmun lahu ma fee assamawatiwama fee al-ardi man tha allatheeyashfaAAu AAindahu illa bi-ithnihi yaAAlamu mabayna aydeehim wama khalfahum wala yuheetoonabishay-in min AAilmihi illa bima shaawasiAAa kursiyyuhu assamawati wal-ardawala yaooduhu hifthuhumawahuwa alAAaliyyu alAAatheem Allah - there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.
  • OA2163
  • Oriental Armoury
Commentary
Images & Media
  • The watered-steel skull, which is almost conical in shape, has been reinforced with twelve vertical ribs that radiate out from the apex down to a thin band that forms the lower brim. Some have traces of gold false-damascening in arabesque and floral patterns. At the apex of the helmet is a conical base, decorated in gold false-damascening, atop which a knob has been mounted.

    At the brim are cartouches containing Qur’anic inscriptions overlaid by means of false- damascening in gold. The inscriptions are too worn to be legible. There is a nineteenth- century repair to the brim band where a piece of etched metal has been added.

    The three nasals and their brackets are original, but they have been remounted in Europe with washers. They also have European nineteenth-century heart-shaped thumbscrews, which are copies of a seventeenth-century type. The central nasal has a hole in the middle that once bore a hook for holding the nasal in a raised position. The central nasal guard is larger than the two flanking it. All three terminate in heart shapes at both ends that feature traces of gold false-damascening.

    The aventail is made of small, very fine, riveted steel links that are connected to the helmet by means of larger mail links. The aventail terminates into three large dags; two on the sides so that they drape down over the shoulders, and one at the rear covering the back of the neck.

    This helmet was extensively reworked in the nineteenth century, particularly with regard to the decoration. It is possible that the nineteenth-century repair to the brim band and the European work done to the nasal guards were most likely executed by a dealer. This helmet is a very rare example as it features three nasal guards. One of the outer nasal bars is inverted. It is comparable to OA 1789.