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Shaffron (horse’s head armor)

Ottoman Empire (possibly 1400s)

Iron. Shallow, & shaped to top of horse's head with a medial ridge from mid-upper face. Elongated polygonal outline, with boxish lower half that has pair of deep, wide medial flutes expanding to pointed nose. Between eyes the face is embossed with T-shaped device, thrice slotted above. Perimeter is pierced with holes for mail & perhaps lining.