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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.
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