Art/ Collection/ Art Object


ca. 1500
possibly Emilia
Italian, possibly Emilia
Steel, gold, copper alloy, horn, brass
L. 23 in. (58.42 cm); Wt. 2 lb. (907 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
The cinquedea derives its name from the distinctively broad blade, about five fingers (cinque diti) wide. The scenes on both sides of this blade represent episodes from the ancient Roman myth of Diana and Actaeon.
Ex. coll.: Duke of Medina-Celi, Madrid.
Hagerstown. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 27–March 31, 1955.

Dean, Bashford, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue of European Daggers: Including the Ellis, De Dino, Riggs, and Reubell Collections / by Bashford Dean. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929.

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

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