• War Mask

    War Mask

    WAR MASK

War Mask

Eastern Caucasus or Western Iran, 15th century CE

This mask is intended to prevent harm to its owner in several different ways. The first is the most obvious, in that it would provide physical protection, coming between the wearer and the weapons of the enemy. The forged steel of this piece would be able to stop any but the hardest blows from a sword or arrow.

Secondly, masks such as this could offer a psychological advantage over the enemy. This metallic face, with its slight grin and trailing moustache, would frighten any foe that faced the wearer.

Finally, it may also have afforded some spiritual assistance to the warrior who possessed it. Although the Arabic inscription above the eyes is confused, it is possible to make out the word al-‘adan (‘Eden’.) This presumably is a reminder to the warrior that paradise was assured to him if he fell in battle.

War Mask