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Creator Nationality: European
Creator Name-CRT: Western European
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1380
Creation End Date: 1420
Creation Date: ca. 1400
Creation Place: western Eurpoe
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Arms
Materials and Techniques: Steel, silver, copper, leather
Dimensions: L. 40 1/4 in. (102.3 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 32.75.225
Credit Line: The Collection of Giovanni P. Morosini, presented by his daughter Giulia, 1932
The silver-embellished pommel and the crossguard made of copper (rather than steel) wrapped with silver wire suggest that this sword was intended for presentation or for ceremonial use rather than for battle. The Latin quotation inscribed on the pommel reads (in translation): "Here, too, virture has its due reward" (Virgil, Aeneid, book 1, line 461). The inscription (now illegible) on the blade is an early example of the use of acid to etch decoration on weapons.
AMICA ID: MMA_.32.75.225
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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