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Spear of Emperor Ferdinand I (reigned 1558–64)

Date:
dated 1558
Culture:
German
Medium:
Steel, wood, textile
Dimensions:
L. 8 ft. 5 1/2 in. (257.8 cm); L. of head 13 in. (33 cm); W. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Classification:
Shafted Weapons
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.371
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
This spear was carried by the bodyguards of the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I (reigned 1558–64).
Inscription: Etched on both sides: the Imperial crown; the initials K F (Emperor Kaiser Ferdinand I, 1558–64), and the date 1558; on one side: the Austrian eagle; on the other side: the ragged staves of Burgundy and the collar of the Golden Fleece.
Vienna, Austria.
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