Sword

Date: ca. 1400

Culture: Western European

Medium: Steel, silver, copper alloy, leather

Dimensions: L. 40 1/4 in. (102.2 cm); L. of blade 32 in. (81.3 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 11 oz. (1673 g)

Classification: Swords

Credit Line: The Collection of Giovanni P. Morosini, presented by his daughter Giulia, 1932

Accession Number: 32.75.225

Description

The silver-embellished pommel and the crossguard made of copper (rather than steel) wrapped with silver wire suggest that this sword was intended for presentation or for ceremonial use rather than for battle. The Latin quotation inscribed on the pommel reads (in translation): "Here, too, virture has its due reward" (Virgil, Aeneid, Book 1, line 461). The inscription (now illegible) on the blade is an early example of the use of acid to etch decoration on weapons.

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