The Wallace Collection

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Knife
  • Knife
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1600
  • Steel, chiselled
  • Length: 12.2 cm, blade
    Length: 14.5 cm, handle
    Width: 2 cm
    Weight: 0.5 kg
  • A892
  • European Armoury I
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Knife, of polished steel, skillfully made in one piece. The handle is chiselled in the round with a statuette of Temperance draped and pouring water from a ewer into a goblet held in the left hand; she stands upon a fluted vase supported by a naked male figure astride and grasping the entwined tail of a sea monster from whose mouth issues finally the blade, single-edged and slightly curved.

    French (?), about 1600.