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.
- Made 1450–1530
- Steel and oak
- L. 167.6 cm (66 in.) Blade with socket L. 21.6 cm (8 1/2 in.) Wt. 6 lb. 3 oz.
- George F. Harding Collection