Text and image played a great role in the construction of historic battle gear, as it did in an Islamic world. Verses from the Qur’an, prayers and Allah’s names, inscriptions involving Muhammad and his family, all of that was imbued on apparel and weapons to give it protective powers.
The Hagop Kevorkian fund has made this possible. Materials include steel, gold and copper alloy, chronologically the items vary including even 18th century, and geographically they range as far as India. Helmets and other artifacts speak of other times and places, and battle cries, the pounding of hoofs and warrior prayers echo from the hall of Gallery 458 into our days. All of the items come from the Museum collection.