Tools of War Art Gallery by Joel Bollig

War is one of the oldest human to human interactions and is something that has been going on as long life has been documented.  One fascination of mine has always been the Tools of War or weapons used to fight and defend one's land, religion or ideology.  This Gallery will highlight just a few of the weapons used throughout time. 

Grand Spear Nihon-go, Unknown, 16th century, From the collection of: Fukuoka City Museum
The 16th century Japanese spear was was used to defend off rival combatants. This spear has two lethal metal tips, one being a point and the other a long sword type. The key characteristic linking this to the Japanese is the traditional snake or dragon inscription on the long blade which is a key pillar in Japanese art.
Roman weaponry in free Germania, Foto: AMH, Roman Iron Age, From the collection of: Hamburg Archaeological Museum
This Roman Javelin constructed of iron was designed to to penetrate chain mail armor. The Roman have a large iron trade which made this an easy commodity to utilize when constructing their weapons. This javelin in particular was found along side an urn burial site and that's why it is bent. The Eastern Iron Trade of the Roman Empire • J. Am. Or. Soc. 35 (1915). (n.d.). Retrieved March 20, 2016, from*.html
Pair of pistols with wheel-lock firing mechanism, 1571, From the collection of: National Museum of Slovenia
This two Lock Wheel firing pistols where created in 1571 in Southern Germany, constructed of wood and inlaid with ivory. The lock wheel was a great improvement over the flint style firing because it would work in damp conditions. This ivory inlaid art work is nature in themed with dog like animals running through wilderness type setting with trees and flowers.
Iron axe-hammer, 500/550, From the collection of: British Museum
This iron axe hammer is dated between 500-550 A.D, and was discovered in England and was found in a man's gray alongside his sword belt buckle in other items. Given the decorative inlays it is suggested that it was imported from Merovingian Gaul. The original handle made of wood had disintegrated and thus hey replica was putting this place in this picture.
A 7.92-mm ČZ-30 aircraft machine gun, Czechoslovakia., From the collection of: Museum of the Great Patriotic War
This Czechoslovakia aircraft machine gun was designed in the Prague Weapon Factory in 1928. The CZ-30 is manufactured out of metal with the wood handles, the large barrel gave this weapon in a very long firing range about to 1200 m and it fired a 7.92 MM caliber bullet. Another key characteristic was the Maxim wheel mount which allowed traversing from side to side while following aircraft as they flew overhead.
The AK-47 vs The M16, The Propeller Group, 2015, From the collection of: la Biennale di Venezia - Biennale Arte 2015
This art display AK-47 vs The M-16 is house in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Artist Tuan Andrew and Phunam Thuc Ha wanted to artistically show the difference between to famously iconic mostly grounds. The M-16 is 5.56mm American bullet in the AK-47 is a Russian 7.62mm. In this display the artist lined up the opposing rifles and fired them into silicone blocks capturing their collision of the two projectiles.
Jandamarra's boomerang, Unknown maker, 1885 - 1895, From the collection of: Museums Victoria
The Jandamarra’s boomerang made sometime between 1885 and 1895, this boomerang constructed of wood and having hand painted designs along with the inscription was believed to belong to Pidgeon or Jandamarra and leader of the Bunuba People. Although the boomerang is not a very deadly weapon I still feel it was important to highlight it in my weapons series.
Chalcidian-Type Helmet, Greek, ca. 500 BC (Classical), From the collection of: The Walters Art Museum
his Greek Chalcidian Style helmet was used somewhere around 500 BC. Constructed out of bronze this helmet gives the viewer a feeling that it was worn by someone living a dangerous life and was in need of protecting themselves during a battle. The greenish Color of the bronze shows its age as it is very tarnished.
Imperial Sword (Sword of St. Maurice), Unknown, scabbard: 2nd half of 11th century - Sword: 1198/1218, From the collection of: Treasury, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
This Imperial Sword was produced somewhere around 1198 and 1218. This beautiful sword is constructed of steel and the sheath wrapped in gold foil. Without having a deep knowledge of swords the view is invited to imagine the authoritarian type leader that carried this magnificent weapon.
Dagger with Jade Hilt in the Form of an Iris, Unidentified Artist, c.1650, From the collection of: Harvard Art Museums
The dagger featured here was constructed of steel and a Jade Hilt. Having the hilt or handle carved with flowers produces a strong dichotomy with this weapon. That long blade was obviously designed to wound or severely injured the adversary.
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