An extremely rare parcel-gilt iron helmet

Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, China

Height: 41 cm, 16.1 inches

Thinly cast in iron in a dome shape, the exterior decorated in parcel-gilt with an en face five-clawed dragon and four other dragons in profile encircling the sides, the scales and other details finely incised through the sheets of applied gilt, all surrounded by ‘flaming pearls’, clouds and auspicious emblems.

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