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Eared Dagger

Maker:
Diego de Çaias (Spanish, recorded 1535–49)
Date:
ca. 1530
Culture:
French
Medium:
Steel, gold, ivory, brass, copper
Dimensions:
L. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm); Wt. 10 oz. (283.49 g)
Classification:
Daggers
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
39.159.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
This dagger may be the earliest known work by Diego de Çaias. Its form, with two "ears" at the top of the grip, is probably Moorish in origin. This was popular in Italy and Spain during the early to mid-sixteenth century.
Inscription: Signed on the shorter side of the ricasso: ÇAIAS ME FE.

Marking: Marked on the blade, partially inlaid with copper.
Ex. coll.: Max Dreger, Berlin, Germany; Clarence H. Mackay, Roslyn, New York.
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. 107.

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.

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. 107.

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. pp.27-28, no.107, ill.



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