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Crossbow

A work made of steel, fruitwood, staghorn, leather, and hemp.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel, fruitwood, staghorn, leather, and hemp.

Date:

1730/50

Artist:

German

About this artwork

Deadly accurate within a range of about 50 yards, the crossbow remained a popular hunting and target-shooting weapon long after the invention of firearms. Both nobility and common citizens joined crossbow guilds or societies that organized regular competitions. This crossbow decorated with a double-headed eagle is one of several that belong to such a group. It weighs over 21 lbs., representing the largest size used, and can shoot targets up to 70 yards out.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Crossbow

Place

Germany (Object made in)

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Made 1730–1750

Medium

Steel, fruitwood, staghorn, leather, and hemp

Dimensions

11.4 × 73.7 × 88.3 cm (4 1/2 × 29 × 34 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2186

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