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Glaive of the Bodyguard of Guglielmo Gonzaga (1538–1587), Duke of Mantua and Monferrato

ca. 1575
Steel, wood
Shafted Weapons
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
Inscription: On the blade, the principal arms are those of the Gonzaga, dukes of Mantua (argent, a cross gules between four eagles sable), with an in-shield with the arms of Monferrato (in nine quarters, 1) Byzantium, 2) Bohemia 3)) Gonzaga ancien, 4) Jerusalem, 5) Aragom, 6) Monferrat, 7) Saxony, 8) Bar, and 9) Constantinople), surmounted the stemma of the monte ferrato", a cartouche bearing the Gonzaga motto, FIDES, and a ducal coronet; on the socket: VALLI (may be the name of the member of the ducal guard who carried this weapon, or may refer to the artist).
Ex. coll.: Duc de Dino (inv. no. H27).
Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet D'armes De Maurice De Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc De Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. p. 87, no H.27.

Dean, Bashford. Handbook of Arms and Armor: European and Oriental, Including the William H. Riggs Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Gilliss Press, January 1915. p. 152.

di Carpegna, Nolfo. Antiche armi dal secolo IX al XVIII già Collezione Odescalchi. Rome, May–July, 1969. p. 64, no. 382.

Boccia, Lionello G., and Eduardo T. Coelho. Armi Bianche Italiane. Milan: Bramante Editrice, 1975. p. 379, fig. 448.

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