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Combined Axe-Flintlock Gun-Dagger

A work made of steel, fruitwood, staghorn, and mother-of-pearl.
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  • A work made of steel, fruitwood, staghorn, and mother-of-pearl.

Date:

1660/80

Artist:

East German or Polish (Silesia; possibly Teschen)

About this artwork

Just as other European centers were turning away from dense inlay decoration, the taste flourished in the region of Silesia, on the border between eastern Germany and Poland. The pieces generally featured folk-inspired motifs, with hunting dogs pursuing rabbits, foxes, and deer. Mother-of-pearl was also favored as an inlay, adding flashiness.

Though its practicality might be questioned, the combination axe-gun-dagger was a common curiosity weapon that was widely collected in the region.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Combined Axe-Flintlock Gun-Dagger

Origin

Silesia

Date

Made 1660–1680

Medium

Steel, fruitwood, staghorn, and mother-of-pearl

Dimensions

L. 84.1 cm (33 1/8 in.) Wt. 1 lb. 15 oz. Barrel L. 42.6 cm (16 3/4 in.) Caliber .34 Dagger Blade L. 48.5 cm (19 1/16 in. )

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2117

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