Genoese School, Judith with the Head of Holofernes (Detail), 17th Century
Aeneas in the underworld. State 2. Detail - Wenceslaus Hollar (Czech-English artist, 1607-1677)
30 x 20 cm
Plate number: P312.
Combination of Dagger and Wheellock Pistol
- Dated: circa 1575–1600
- Culture: German
- Place of Origin: possibly Saxony
- Medium: steel, wood
- Measurements: L. 18 15/16 in. (48.1 cm); L. of blade 13 13/16 in. (35.1 cm); L. of blade (without tip) 11 11/16 in. (29.7 cm); L. of quillons 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm); Cal. .29 in. (7.4 mm); Wt. 1 lb. 11 oz. (765.4 g)
Combination weapons usually were made as technical novelties and showpieces and therefore, often are highly decorated. The finely etched strapwork pattern on this example also is found on the best German firearms, edged weapons, and armor of the late sixteenth century. Before firing this dagger-pistol, the tip of the blade had to be removed, revealing the muzzle of the gun barrel.
Mythological Sketch of Hercules, Cerberus and Mercury,
charcoal/chalk on paper
Hooded Katara Dagger
- Dated: mid 16th century
- Place of Origin: South India (Srirangam or Tanjore)
- Measurements: overall length: 22in (560mm). Blade length: 15in (380mm)
A similar weapon exists in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (No.36.25.905) and is pictured on page 146 (fig.15.3) in the “Hindu Arms & Ritual” book by Robert Elgood.
This particular one was locally made, featuring a multi fullered blade. The shell guard, or hood, ends with a yali finial. There are overlaid steel borders, which interestingly have fine rope twist decoration.
Made in Islamic style, the katar has four cusp arch design where the hilt meets the blade.
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