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Pollaxe

Date:
ca. 1475
Geography:
Venice
Culture:
Italian, Venice
Medium:
Steel, wood, iron, brass, textile, gold
Dimensions:
L. 85 in. (225.9 cm); L. of head 13 in. (33 cm); W. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm); Wt. 6 lbs. 7 oz. (2920 g)
Classification:
Shafted Weapons
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.340
Not on view
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
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, no. 55.

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. 55.

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. 55.

Armeria Antica e Moderna di S.M. Carlo Alberto. Turin, 1840. pp.321-322, no.1062, fig.G.

"Catalogo Storico, Descrittivo, Documentato e con una Appendice di Mario Nani Mocenigo." In La Sala d'Armi nel Museo dell'Arsenale di Venezia. Rome, 1908. p.63, no.I-83 (p.64 fig.35 is a similar axe).

Dean, Bashford, and Robert T. Nichol. Handbook of Arms and Armor, European and Oriental, edited by Stephen V. Grancsay. 4th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 1930. p. 155, fig. 107.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1953. p. 19, no. 55.

Boccia, Lionello G., and Eduardo T. Coelho. Armi Bianche Italiane. Milan: Bramante Editrice, 1975. no.268-69 (etched Venetian poleaxes with the same marks as this one).

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