Hunting Sword with Scabbard

Grip attributed to Joseph Deutschmann German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376

Very similar sword grips of ivory, carved with fanciful Rococo ornament of shells and waves, are recorded in the armory of the prince-elector of Bavaria in Munich in the 1740s. The lion at the top of the grip holds a crescent moon beneath its paw, probably alluding to recent European victories over the Ottoman Turks in Eastern Europe.

Hunting Sword with Scabbard, Grip attributed to Joseph Deutschmann (German, Imst 1717–1787 Passau), Steel, silver, ivory, wood, leather, German, possibly Munich

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