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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Dates/Places: Germany
Creator Active Place: Germany
Creator Name-CRT: Germany, Saxony, c. 1553-1573
Title: Crossbow of Elector Augustus I of Saxony
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1553
Creation End Date: 1573
Creation Date: c. 1553-1573
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Armor
Classification Term: Arms
Materials and Techniques: wood (walnut?), bone veneers, flax cord, steel (etched, traces of gilding). woolen pompoms
Dimensions: Overall: 0cm x 0cm, Bow: 58.5cm, Butt: 5.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1916.1723.a
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance
Context: This crossbow and its winder (called a cranequin), made for the Prince Elector of Saxony, August I, is a masterpiece of Renaissance decorative arts. The stock of the crossbow is inlaid with engraved staghorn and ebony representations of trophies, arms, and musical instruments. The winder is also enriched with a variety of engraved designs: flowers, leaves, masks, and trophies. Even the cranking handle is minutely decorated. Not unexpectedly, the winder bears the Elector's coat of arms. August I was well known for his taste in elaborate objects, including rare and costly weapons.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1916.1723.a
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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