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Falchion

Date:
ca. 1490
Geography:
Venice
Culture:
Italian, Venice
Medium:
Steel, gold
Dimensions:
L. 36 in. (91.44 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 3 oz. (981 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Lauder Foundation Gift, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.73
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
Falchion refers to a type of curved sword that was used in Europe from about 1200. This is one of the few to survive from the late fifteenth century. Its long narrow blade and interlaced decoration on the hilt suggest the Middle Eastern influence that was an important feature in Venetian and Spanish art.
Inscription: Inscribed on the outer side of the blade: DEDUCEDTRIBULANTESNOS  INDEOFACIEM [Turn away these troubles from us];
On the inner side of the blade: INDEOFACIEMUSVIRTUTEEDIPSEADNICHILUM [With God we achieve lofty goals but nothing by ourselves].
Ex coll.: Dukes of Najera, Spain; Eric Vaule
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