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Chain armour and helmet
MAIP 10569
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The chain mail has a form of short coat with sleeves to the elbows. The helmet was hammered from a piece of steel. Along the lower edge of the helmet there is underslinged a chain mail, which could protect the whole face or may cover only the back of the neck and cheeks. This chain is characterized by its delicate workmanship. Lightness of the chain mail enabled the warrior to mount a horse. This helmet was gained in Afghanistan, but in a typological way it corresponds with other examples of Persian-type helmets from the 18-19th centuries. Objects of this type do not appear very often in collections, so this example deserves to be labelled as a masterpiece.

History of the Object
Used by horsemen warriors in Afghanistan; no details known.

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
steel 
Measurements
chain armour: height 50 cm, waist measurement: 90 cmhelmet: height 17,7 cm, 19 cm in diameter 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Afghanistan 
Geography
Afghanistan 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
18th Century - 19th Century 
Function
Used by horsemen warriors. 
Acquisition
Donated in 1987 by Tomasz Kamiński, a Polish orientalist who travelled many times to Afghanistan and collected artifacts from the region. The museum acquired many objects from his collection. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw 
Museum
Asia and Pacific Museum 
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