Ceremonial Arrowhead

Date: 1437–39

Geography: probably Prague

Culture: Bohemian, probably Prague

Medium: Steel, copper alloy

Dimensions: L. 10 7/8 in. (27.5 cm); W. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm); Wt. 14.4 oz. (410 g)

Classification: Archery Equipment-Arrows & Quivers

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald S. Lauder, 1988

Accession Number: 1988.170


Originally mounted on a wooden shaft, this extremely large arrowhead probably served as a symbol of rank or a baton of command. It is decorated with royal Bohemian monograms and badges in addition to religious invocations in medieval Czech. It bears the monogram AR for Albert, king of Bohemia and Hungary (reigned 1437–39). It is also stamped with the so-called Turkish arsenal mark, indicating that it was captured by Ottoman forces, perhaps in the campaign of 1439 in which Albert was killed, and was subsequently stored in the Turkish arsenal in Constantinople (now Istanbul).