Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Eared Dagger

Maker:
Diego de Çaias (Spanish, recorded 1535–49)
Date:
ca. 1530
Culture:
French
Medium:
Steel, gold, ivory, brass, copper
Dimensions:
L. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm); Wt. 10 oz. (283.49 g)
Classification:
Daggers
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
39.159.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
This dagger may be the earliest known work by Diego de Çaias. Its form, with two "ears" at the top of the grip, is probably Moorish in origin. This was popular in Italy and Spain during the early to mid-sixteenth century.
Inscription: Signed on the shorter side of the ricasso: ÇAIAS ME FE.

Marking: Marked on the blade, partially inlaid with copper.
Ex. coll.: Max Dreger, Berlin, Germany; Clarence H. Mackay, Roslyn, New York.
Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 15–March 18, 1953, no. 107.

Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 15–March 18, 1953.

San Francisco. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 18–June 7, 1953.

San Francisco. Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 18, 1953–June 7, 1953, no. 107.

Pittsburgh. Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 1953–April 1954, no. 107.

Pittsburgh. Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," October, 1953–April, 1954, no. 107.

Dreger, Max. Waffensammlung Dreger: Mit einer Einführung in die Systematik der Waffen. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1926. p. 106, no. 4, pl. 3.

Grancsay, Stephen V. "A Damascened Eared Dagger by Diego de Çaias." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (August 1940), pp. 160–61, ill.

Grancsay, Stephen V. "Royal Armorers: Antwerp or Paris?." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (Summer 1959), pp. 4–5, ill.

Lorente, J.J. Rodriguez. "Las Dagas o Puñales de Oreja, su Origen Hispanoarabe." Archivo Español de Arte (1963), pp. 119–30, pl. 2, fig. 4.

Blair, Claude. "A Royal Swordsmith and Damascener: Diego de Çaias." Metropolitan Museum Journal 3 pp. 149–94.

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