Round Dagger Pommel with Scalloped Edges


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373

The pommel of a sword or dagger acts as a counterweight to give the weapon proper balance, and keeps the grip and guard securely in place. Pommels are often decorated with simple ornament or with religious or political symbols, or with the coat of arms of a particular nobleman or family. The decoration of this pommel includes the fleur-de-lis and heraldic lions or leopards, probably representing France and England.

Round Dagger Pommel with Scalloped Edges, Copper alloy, enamel, French

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Pommel, front