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Small Crossbow (Schnepper), Probably for a Woman or Child

Maker:
Johann Gottfried Hänisch the Elder (German, Dresden, 1696–1778)
Date:
dated 1738
Geography:
Dresden, Saxony
Culture:
German, Dresden
Medium:
Steel, wood (fruitwood, probably plum or cherry), staghorn, hemp, wool, gold, horn
Dimensions:
L. 22 7/32 in. (56.4 cm); W. 16 15/16 in. (43 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 14 1/2 oz. (866 g)
Classification:
Archery Equipment-Crossbows
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.429
Not on view
Made by the court crossbow-maker to the dukes of Saxony, this crossbow has an elegant and finely engraved inlay that distinguishes it as a weapon of high quality intended for use at the court in Dresden or in one of the other nearby ducal residences. The theme of the decoration might suggest that it was used for hunting small game, but the delicate size of this crossbow indicates that it probably was used by a lady or a child for shooting competitions, some of which would have been held indoors.
Fine Antique Arms and Armour. London: Christie's, London, June 15, 1977. p. 31, lot 151, pl. 19.

Breiding, Dirk H. A Deadly Art: European Crossbows, 1250–1850. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013. pp. 58–59, no. 15, ill. p. 59.



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