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Hunting Cleaver (Waidpraxe) of Ernst August II Konstantin, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

A work made of steel, bronze, gilding, horn, wood, leather, and silk.
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  • A work made of steel, bronze, gilding, horn, wood, leather, and silk.

Date:

1755/58

Artist:

German

About this artwork

This 18th-century Waidpraxe or chopper belonged to Ernst August II, Duke of Saxe- Weimar-Eisenach. The base of the sheath depicts a hunter who holds a chopper in one hand while presenting a severed boar head to the goddess of the hunt, Diana, with the other.

Etiquette strictly regulated who was allowed to dress the game and present the head or cut the heart. Offenders (men or women) who violated the rules were subjected to the embarrassment of “blading,” whereby the offender was made to bend over the deer carcass and receive three blows on the rear from the flat of the broad-bladed chopper.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Hunting Cleaver (Waidpraxe) of Ernst August II Konstantin, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

Place

Germany (Object made in)

Date

Made 1755–1758

Medium

Steel, bronze, gilding, horn, wood, leather, and silk

Dimensions

Cleaver: Overall L. 36.2 cm (14 1/4 in.) Blade L. 25 cm (9 7/8 in.) Weight: 2 lb. Cleaver in scabbard weight: 2 lb. 2 oz.

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2126a-b

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