The Wallace Collection

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Partizan
  • Partizan
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1650
    19th century (staff)
  • Iron or steel, chiselled and engraved
  • Length: 179 cm
    Length: 35.5 cm, head
    Weight: 0.68 kg
  • A996
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Small ceremonial partizan, with a ridged blade narrowing sharply towards the point; the lower part, including the flukes, is pierced and chiselled with an openwork, symmetrical design of entwined, conventional foliage. The upper part is deeply engraved with bands of foliage and strawberry-like fruit in low relief. Round socket chiselled and pierced with foliage en suite with the blade. Modern staff.

    Italian, about 1650.

    A similar weapon is in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (Z.O. no. 4086; Lenz, 1908, pI. XXVII, no. E414); another, in the possession of Prince Batthyàny-Strattmann, was illustrated by Szendrei (1896, no. 3028, on p. 505).