Islamic Art and Architecture Vol. 5 – Art of War

Our final post on Islamic Art and Architecture looks at the military. The 15th century war mask above was used in both Turkey and western Iran to motivate troops. The story told to us by the guide was that the commanding officer would charge into battle wearing the mask. Should he be killed then the next in command would quickly don the mask so that the infantrymen would think their leader was invincible. The mask also hid the pain from his face from the wounds he would undoubtedly have received from fierce face-to-face combat.

Turkish turban helmet from the early 16th century.


Ivory Italian Oliphant (Hunting Horn) c11th or 12th century.


Turkish axe and shield from the late 16th – early 17th century.


A 17th century Indian priming flask made of ivory, steel and glass, for loading early versions of muskets.


Dagger and Scabbard from India c1800. Made of steel, jade, rubies, emeralds, diamonds, gold and velvet.


Carved Afghanistan Cenotaph 1455 AD.

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