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Poleax

A work made of steel and oak.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel and oak.

Date:

c.1470—c.1520

Artist:

Western European, probably Italian

About this artwork

The poleax—so named whether it has an ax- or hammerhead—was designed to smash, break, or pierce through armor. It could be mounted either with a long or short staff. It was used in infantry battle, knightly tournaments, and judicial combat. The sharp hook, pronged hammerhead, and point on this poleax suggest it was intended for lethal purposes.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Poleax

Origin

Italy

Date

Made 1450–1530

Medium

Steel and oak

Dimensions

L. 167.6 cm (66 in.) Blade with socket L. 21.6 cm (8 1/2 in.) Wt. 6 lb. 3 oz.

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2337

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