Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Hunting Sword

Sword maker:
Attributed to Hans Sumersperger (Austrian, Hall, active 1492–1498)
Date:
ca. 1500
Geography:
Hall, Tyrol
Culture:
Austrian, Hall
Medium:
Steel, copper alloy, horn, bone
Dimensions:
L. 49 1/2 in. (125.7 cm); L. of blade, 40 in. (101.6 cm); W. of blade, 1 7/16 in. (3.6 cm); Wt. 3 lbs. 9 oz. (1615.92 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, 1929
Accession Number:
29.158.704
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
Designed as a defense against large game, such as bear and boar, swords of this type were also worn as civilian sidearms. This example is related in form and decoration to two hunting swords made for Emperor Maximilian I by Hans Sumersperger and therefore may have been intended for a member of the imperial court.
The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1975. p. 221, no. 233, ill.



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