The Wallace Collection

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Partizan
  • Partizan
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1590
  • Steel and silk, etched and incised
  • Length: 200.5 cm
    Length: 37.3 cm, head
    Weight: 2.07 kg
  • A998
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Partizan, with a broad, heart-shaped blade with two flukes at the base, and strong central ridge. The surface is covered with an etched design comprising on either side pairs of medallions containing heads of classical and oriental warriors amid conventional scrolled foliage and monsters, on a granulated ground. At the junction of head and socket is a prominent circular moulding. Octagonal socket etched with arabesques. Large tassel of yellow silk. Octagonal staff with four langets or steel straps below the socket. Steel, collar-shaped ferrule and quadrangular spike, the lower edge of the ferrule incised with V-shaped notches.

    German, about 1590.