Dagger with Sheath

unknown, Southern Germanyc. 1560–80

Renaissance and Reformation. German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach

Renaissance and Reformation. German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach

With its curved, double-edged blade, the dagger follows Oriental models. The pommel consists of a lion’s head carved from grayish-white chalcedony with garnet eyes, while two female half-length figures of onyx are lying on the cross guard. The hilt and blade are decorated with scrollwork and strapwork in gold enamel, with inset cameos of figures from Roman mythology.

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  • Title: Dagger with Sheath
  • Creator: unknown, Southern Germany
  • Date Created: c. 1560–80
  • Physical Dimensions: L (total): 35.9 cm, L (blade): 24.1 cm, Wt: 262 g
  • Technique and Material: Blade: iron, curved, double-edged; vessel: iron; handle: wood; surface fittings: gold, inset garnets and mounted cameos, enameled (green, red, mint, light-blue); pommel: head of an animal (lion?); eyes: gold, enamel, garnets, carved stone, anthracite, white (onyx?), head of a Medusa on the back of its head; cross guard with two half-length figures carved of onyx, with two inset rubies; blade: wood, fittings similar to the sheath
  • Provenance: Documented in the Schatzkammer/Grünes Gewölbe since 1706
  • Museum: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Rüstkammer
  • Inv.-No.: p. 221
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-845714
  • External Link: http://www.skd.museum/de/museen-institutionen/residenzschloss/ruestkammer/
  • Copyright: Photo © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Rüstkammer/ Jürgen Karpinski; Text © Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach, A Cooperation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München, Catalogue of the Exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nov 20, 2016 – March 26, 2017, Munich: Prestel, 2016; cat. no. 58 / Christine Nagel
  • Catalogue: https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/Renaissance-and-Reformation/Stephanie-Buck/Prestel-com/e504919.rhd
  • Artist Dates: unknown
  • Artist Biography: unknown