27.4.10

Gold leaf Iraqi helmet and skull

After acquiring this helmet from the 1980s via the Iraqi army, it joined the series of icons that I have gold leafed. The Iran/Iraq war, often overlooked within the pages of history, was the first modern engagement of the late 20th century that most closely resembled the trench warfare of Europe that took place during WWI. Trenches, mines, gas, planes, and tanks slowly gaining territory, only to relinquish it.

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