Bohemian, possibly Prague
Steel, engraved and inlaid with copper alloy
Rogers Fund, 1966 (66.199)
Purchase, David and Dorothy Alexander and Mrs. Ridgeley Hunt Gifts, Bequest of Stephen V. Grancsay, by exchange, and funds from various donors, 1984 (1984.17)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald S. Lauder, 1988 (1988.170)
The kings' monograms suggest that these crossbow bolts were made in the royal armory at Prague, but the large size and elaborate decoration of these pieces indicate that they were used ceremonially rather than in battle. They may have been emblems of rank for officers of the royal household.