Collection

D155604
D155606

Sword

Details

Milan, c. 1560

Steel, iron, partly gilded and silvered, enamel

L. 109.5 cm

Acquired from Erlangen university in 1857

Inv. No. W 587

Gallery 18

Arms and Armour

Renaissance

Description

This sword is one of the most remarkable achievements of Italian armourers. Its elaborate handle, virtuously cut in iron, suggests motion: The guard ends in triton figures, sea creatures form the guard ring and cover the hilt and pommel in flat relief. Matt and polished gilding, silver-plated sections and white enamel create contrasting colour effects. The sword originates from the Kunstkammer of the Margraves of Brandenburg-Ansbach and found its way to the Cabinet of Arts and Rarities of the University of Erlangen under Margrave Karl Alexander in the late 18th century.

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