Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Hunting Knife

Bladesmith:
Hans Sumersperger (Austrian, Hall, active 1492–1498)
Date:
ca. 1500
Geography:
Hall, Tyrol
Culture:
Austrian, Hall
Medium:
Steel, copper alloy, wood, bone, mother-of-pearl
Dimensions:
L. 18 5/8 in. (47.29 cm); W. 2 1/2 in. (6.35 cm)
Classification:
Knives
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.152
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
The grip is inlaid with the coat of arms of Austria in carved mother-of-pearl; the blade bears the mark of Hans Sumersperger, court knifesmith to Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519). Such knives formed part of a group of implements that were used to prepare freshly killed game, including bear, wild boar, and deer, after a hunt.
Marking: Blade stamped with the mark of Hans Sumersperger, court knifesmith to Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519).
Ex. coll.: Ressman; Duc de Dino.
New York. The Cloisters Museum & Gardens. "The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages," March 29–June 3, 1975.

The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1975. p. 218, no. 232, ill.



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