Horned kulah khud (helmet)

The kulah khud style was exported from Persia to India, where it is sometimes known as the khud islamiya, “Islamic helmet.” The mail fringe at the front of this piece cannot have provided much protection; it probably served to shade the eyes in a sunny climate. In fact, some Indo-Persian headgear has the face entirely covered with mail, taking advantage of its see-through properties. The demon (div) face on this piece is found on many helmets of Persian and Indian origin.


Iron, deeply ovoid bowl with repousée demon (‘div’) face, decorated overall with scrolling floral vines of silver & gold koft-gari. Conical base with scalloped edge, balustered above for lost spike. To either side is applied oval-section horn which tapers as it curves upward & inward to a blunt point. Beneath “nose” is applied brass moustache with central slot for missing nasal. Aventail butted, tight mail, level across brow, & triangular at back & sides. Mail held to edge of bowl through holes.

Curator’s Comments

On some Indian headgear, the mail covers the face entirely, cf. Wallace Cat #1982. Pant 3.51, 60 Cf Wallace Cat #1523 for a ‘Deer’ helmet from India. Cf. also Pant 3 plate 12. JLF Cf. HAM 2971.4


Accession Number3092.8OriginIndia, possibly mid-1800sMaterialsIron; gold and silver inlayMeasure21.5 cm H with horns x 21 cm L x 18.5 cm WWeight2 lb. 6 oz.

Lady Helen Vincent, Viscountess d’Abernon
John Singer Sargent (American; 1856–1925)
Oil on canvas
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama
Stair Banisters

Article by at 2011-06-30 09:53:59
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Stair banisters are basically hand railings placed on staircases for the purpose of hand support when going up or down the stairs. Whether you are having a new house made or you just want to remodel your entire house and you have decided to include the staircase, you should focus on the kind of material and design that you want for it. A well-decorated staircase can add that extra something to your home to make it more aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.

Banisters are actually a requirement for buildings, as it serves as an added security measure. For houses, stair banisters are installed for both security and aesthetic reasons. Most stair parts are made of wood, though there are also some made from stone and different kinds of metals. The material you choose should depend entirely on the overall theme of your home. If you have a large area surrounding your staircase, then stone or marble would not be such a bad idea. Thi


I’m not into carpentry at all, but we needed a legitimate stair rail since the original setup was just two banister bars.  A kid could roll right under them and fall.  So I bought a miter saw and just set to it with my meager collection of woodworking stuff.  I made the railing and all the pieces that hold the balusters into place myself from scratch with my hand router and sander.    I didn’t realize until day 2 that you can buy pre-made base and railing with the 1.25" channel to receive the balusters.  Oh well, this looks OK and I can say I made it all myself.   But more importantly, you’d have to be trying to fall down the stairs now for it to happen. 


Paul & Leisa’s Mid-Century Michigan Home | Architect: Unknown | Built in 1958 | Photos: Tyler Merkel

As soon as you enter the home, the first thing you notice is a long, suspended rosewood-clad credenza which spans a change of levels, supported by a series of balusters which are anchored to the floor and ceiling. Fantastic. - Via