On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 307

During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, most men and women wore a small knife in a sheath as part of their daily dress and used it as an all-purpose eating utensil and tool. The size this knife, more properly called a dagger, the shape of its hilt, and the presence of a perpendicular ring guard at the base of the hilt, indicate that it was intended primarily as a weapon, both for offense and defense, rather than a utensil. Daggers of this type were used across western Europe from the late fifteenth century to the mid-sixteenth century.

Dagger, Steel, bronze, bone, French

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