L. 8 ft. 5 1/2 in. (257.8 cm); L. of head 13 in. (33 cm); W. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
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.