Spearheads such as this one were used for hunting various types of large game, especially wild boar, deer, and bear. The protruding wings on either side of the base were intended to check the forward momentum of a charging animal, keeping it at a safe distance from the hunter. The fine brass inlay decorating the spearhead is a reminder that hunting was a favorite pastime of nobility during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick, London and Goodrich Court (d. 1848); William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
New York. The Cloisters Museum & Gardens. "The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages," March 29–June 3, 1975.
Boccia, Lionello G. Museo Stibbert a Firenze: l'Armeria Europea. Vol. 3. Milan: Electa, 1975. pp. 148–49, no. 476, fig. 376a (a similar hunting spear illustrated and discussed).
The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1975. p. 221, no. 234, ill.