Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Glaive of Emperor Rudolf II (reigned 1576–1612)

Etcher:
Hans Stromair (German, Augsburg, 1524 or 1525–ca. 1583)
Date:
dated 1577
Geography:
Augsburg
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Steel, wood, textile, gold
Dimensions:
L. 100 1/2 in. (255.27 cm); blade L. 23 in. (58.42 cm)
Classification:
Shafted Weapons
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1925
Accession Number:
25.188.18
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
This staff weapon was carried by the bodyguard of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II (reigned 1576–1612).
Inscription: Inscribed on the blade: the arms of Austria, surmounted by the imperial orb, and above these, the initial R with a sword and mace on either side and the imperial crown above it; on the opposite side: the imperial crown of Austria beneath the motto AD SIT and the date 1577; near the lower part of the blade: the number 24 and the initials of the engraver, HS (Hans Stromair of Augsburg).

Marking: Stamped on the lower corner of the blade: the armorer's mark.
Ex. coll.: Zschille (Christie's 1897; Lot 452); Keasbey (American Art Gallery, Sale Cat. 1925, no. 222, Plate XXII); George D. Pratt.
Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 15–March 18, 1953, no. 59.

San Francisco. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 18–June 7, 1953, no. 59.

Pittsburgh. Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 1953–April 1954, no. 59.

Seattle. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 11–June 6, 1982, no. 74.

Denver. Denver Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," July 18–October 10, 1982, no. 74.

San Antonio. The Witte Memorial Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 13, 1982–February 5, 1983, no. 74.

Minneapolis. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 24–July 31, 1983, no. 74.

San Francisco. de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1983–January 28, 1984, no. 74.

Detroit. Detroit Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 10, 1984–June 2, 1984, no. 74.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1953. p. 20, no. 59.



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