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Nasal Guard

Place of Origin: DECCAN, INDIA

Date: 17th Century

Length: 320mm (12 3/8 Inches)

Reference: 219

Status: Sold

Full Description:

Hailing from the Deccan region, this iron nose guard would have complemented a high quality 17th century helmet and was likely owned by someone of wealth. Elegantly proportioned, the slender guard terminates in a wide, lobed crescent with small knops concluding each wing, the guard’s top and the bottom. The entire piece has been decorated with silver, painstakingly arranged to present intricate floral patterns to the onlooker. Similar such guards and the helmets they augmented can be seen in The Arts of the Muslim Knight by Bashir Mohamed[1] and in the associated Furusiyya Art Foundation Collection.

Provenant de la région du Deccan, ce nasal de fer devait compléter à l’origine un casque de grande qualité du XVIIe siècle appartenant très certainement à un riche personnage.  Elégamment proportionné, ce fin nasal se termine en un large croissant dont les boutons à l’extrémité de chacune des pointes se retrouvent au sommet et dans la partie basse de l’objet. La pièce est entièrement décorée d’argent soigneusement travaillé en de complexes motifs floraux. On trouve des nasals similaires, ainsi que les casques qu’ils complétaient, dans l’ouvrage The Arts of the Muslim Knight par Bashir Mohamed[2] ainsi que dans la collection de la Furusiyya Art Foundation que ce dernier illustre.

[1] B. Mohamed, The Arts of the Muslim Knight, Skira, 2008, p.329, p.333.

[2] B. Mohamed, The Arts of the Muslim Knight, Skira, 2008, p.329, p.333.


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