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Sword

Date:
early 16th century
Culture:
possibly Italian
Medium:
Steel, bronze, gold, wood, satin
Dimensions:
L. 44 1/2 in. (113 cm); L. of blade 37 3/4 in. (95.8 cm); W. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 15 oz. (1332.4 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1165
Not on view
This early sword is one of the few to retain fragments of its original grip bindings, here consisting of red and green silk. The stiff acutely pointed blade is designed to pierce the gaps between the plates of an opponent's armor.
La Rocca, Donald J., and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500–1800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. p. 23, ill.

Forgeng, Jeffrey. "Pietro Monte's Exercises and the Medieval Science of Arms." In The Armorer's Art: Essays in Honor of Stuart Pyhrr. Woonsocket, Rhode Island: Andrew Mowbray Inc. – Publishers, 2014. p. 106, ill. (color).

Nickel, Helmut, William Reid, Ian Eaves, Mario Scalini, Claude Gaier, Álvaro Soler Del Campo, Jean-Pierre Reverseau, Jan Piet Pyupe, Donald J. La Rocca, Jeffrey Forgeng, Jonathan Tavares, Dirk H. Breiding, Pierre Terjanian, and Mr. Ronald S. Lauder. The Armorer's Art: Essays in Honor of Stuart Pyhrr, edited by Donald J. La Rocca. Woonsocket, Rhode Island: Andrew Mowbray Inc. – Publishers, 2014. p. 106, ill. (color).



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