Persian kulah khud helmet, 18th century, watered steel; damascened with gold, H. 9 3/4 in. .(24.8 cm) Diam. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm), Met Museum. This was a serviceable military object and also a parade piece with talismanic inscriptions to 'Ali, the son-in-law and cousin of the Prophet, and calls upon him for protection against harm and danger. The verses are distinctly Shi'i, and commonly found on objects from the Timurid through the Qajar periods in Iran and Central Asia.