-- Shishak
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Time period: 12th-16th century
Location: Russia
Common Construction: Iron

The shishak is a Russian helmet with a domed shape and a spike on top. They were commonly worn with an aventail, and in some examples a chain mail covering was attached around the entire helmet covering both the front and back of the face.

"Shishak" is a Turkish or Hungarian word meaning "under-helmet". Evidence suggests that some shishaks could be worn underneath another helmet and over time the shishak developed into a full helmet in a fashion similar to the basinet.

Armor, CE 12th Century, CE 13th Century, CE 14th Century, CE 15th Century, CE 16th Century, Helmet, History, Russia

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