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Horseman's Ax

ca. 1530–35
Steel, gold, wood
L. 30 3/4 in. (78.1 cm); L. of axe head 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 8 oz. (1134 g)
Shafted Weapons
Credit Line:
Purchase, Ronald S. Lauder and The Sulzberger Foundation Inc. Gifts, 1993
Accession Number:
Not on view
Ex colls.: Medici Armory, Florence, until ca. 1775; [Hal Furmage, London]; Gerald Wiedman, Rickmansworth, England; [Ralph Parr, Lancaster, England]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 1991–2002," September 4, 2002–January 18, 2004, 3.

Oakeshott, R. Ewart. European Weapons and Armour: From the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution. North Hollywood, Calif.: Beinfeld Publishing, 1980. pp. 73-74, pl. 4D (this axe, said to have belonged to Giovanni Giacome Medici, c. 1525; photograph supplied by Peter Dale Ltd.).

Pyhrr, Stuart W., Donald J. La Rocca, and Morihiro Ogawa. Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions, 1991–2002. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002. pp. 10–11, no. 3, ill. (color).

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