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Halberd

A work made of steel, iron, and wood.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel, iron, and wood.

Date:

1620/50

Artist:

Flemish

About this artwork

Compared with the rugged pole arms of the previous century, used to pull down horsemen, this halberd is more delicate. The ax-head is little more than a crescent shape, and the pierced fluke or hook is mostly ornamental. Still, the central point remains a functional blade. Military officers would have used halberds like this to lead and press their men into formation.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Halberd

Origin

Flanders

Date

Made 1620–1650

Medium

Steel, iron, and wood

Dimensions

L. 214.6 cm (84 1/2 in.) Blade L. 47.5 cm (18 3/4 in.) Wt. 4 lb. 4 oz.

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2365

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