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Club

Mexico, Mesoamerica, Guerrero, Balsas River region

Owl Mace Head

Costa Rica

Dance Wand

Compared to the northern Peruvian coast, where large quantities of gold objects were found in lavish elite burials of the Moche period, contemporary southern coast tombs have yielded rare and modest gold finds.... more

Harpoon Head

United States, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

Arrowhead or spear head

Iran, Qasr-i Abu Nasr Sasanian

Sword Guard (Tsuba)

This tsuba comes from a burial mound (kofun) in Shioda, in the Japanese province of Bizen, and is one of the earliest sword guards to survive from Japan. It was part of the exchange of objects between the Imper... more

Crossbow fibula

Anatolia (?) Late Roman or Byzantine

Dagger

Made in Gaul

Crossbow fibula

Anatolia (?) Late Roman or Byzantine

Harpoon Head

United States, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

Harpoon Head

United States, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

Lance Head

Argentina

Harpoon Head

United States

Harpoon Head

United States, Alaska

Harpoon Head

In the last two millennia before the Common Era, the peoples who established themselves along the rim of the North Pacific Ocean between Asia and America were dependent for their livelihood to a great extent on... more

Straight, Double-Edged Sword Blade (Ken)

The ken, a sword with a straight double-edged blade based on Chinese prototypes, was used in Japan from at least the third century until the sixth century. At the end of that period, the double-edged sword was ... more

Mace Head, Bird

Costa Rica

Sword handle

Kofun period (ca. 300–710)

Sword and scabbard

Kings of the Sasanian period (224–651 A.D.) are almost always depicted with a sword suspended from the belt, a motif appropriate to the victor in combat. This iron sword with a gold-covered wooden scabbard is a... more

Scramasax (Short Broad Sword)

Made in Niederbreisig, Germany

Weapon Handle with Ganesha

Eastern Javanese period

Sword

This sword has an iron blade and was adorned with gilt-bronze elements on the cross guard and quillon. Parts of its wooden scabbard remain fused to the blade, which also was decorated with gilt-bronze mounts at... more

Lance Head ("Flügellanz")

The cast iron flanged lance head "flügellanz"is a long tapering blade with a central rib on each surface. The sleeve is flared with a double lozenge motif on each side and to each side are two integral triangu... more

Dart Socket

United States, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

Harpoon Head

United States, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

Mace Head

Attributed to Iran

Matrices for Sword Mounts

Bronze molds such as these were used to form the metal parts of a sword hilt and scabbard, usually made of the soft metals gold, silver, or copper. The three molds shown here are for the guard and the upper and... more

Sword

The richly decorated hilt and pattern-welded blade indicate that this sword was carried by a warrior of high rank, perhaps a Viking chieftain or a Frankish nobleman. The braided copper wires on the pommel may r... more

Knife Blade

The finely damascened gold ornament on this diminutive blade identifies it as belonging to a small and only recently recognized group of similarly decorated knives. Based on the style of decoration, they have b... more

Harpoon Head

United States, Alaska

Stone Janus Mace Head

Mexico, Mesoamerica, Michoacan (?)

Harpoon Head

United States, Alaska

Sword Pommel

This pommel is one of the best examples of a distinct group of sword and dagger pommels dating from the time of the Crusades, most of which have been found in the area of the Middle East that was known to Europ... more

Gauntlet Sword (Pata)

Straight-bladed swords of this type, called pata in Hindi, are unique in having a built-in gauntlet as part of the hilt. The sword thus became a rigid extension of the warrior’s forearm and was a formidable cut... more

Sword Handle with Scenes of the Goddess Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon Mahishasura

The detailed elaboration of the Mahisashuramardini scene on this blade fitting, complete with a garland of severed heads arrayed on the curve of the guard, suggests that this weapon was intended for ritual anim... more

Halberd Head with Naga and Blade

Eastern Javanese period, Singasari kingdom

Halberd Head with Naga and Blades

Eastern Javanese period, Singasari kingdom

Quiver (mda' shubs) with Accessory

This quiver represents a very rare type, the basic form of which is depicted in works of art from China through Tibet and Central Asia from at least the seventh century until the end of the fourteenth century. ... more

Oliphant (Hunting Horn)

Hunting horns of this type, carved from elephant ivory (hence the name oliphant), were made by Muslim craftsmen in southern Italy and Sicily for export throughout Europe.

Coat of Arms

This coat of arms of a thirteenth-century abbot is said to have adorned the upper story of the cloister at Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. The shield bears the arms of the Porcelet family, a noble lineage of considera... more

Halberd Head with Five Blades

Eastern Javanese period, Singasari kingdom

Halberd Head with Nagas and Blades

Eastern Javanese period, Singasari kingdom

Halberd Head with Nagas and Blades on a Tortoise

Eastern Javanese period, Singasari kingdom

Halberd Head with Hooked Blade

Eastern Javanese period, Singasari kingdom

Detail: Heraldic arms from BL Arundel 443, f. 1

Heraldic arms as part of the full border, at the beginning of the Liber sextus decretalium. Image taken from f. 1 of Glossed Liber Sextus Decretalium. Written in Latin.

Detail: Heraldic arms from BL Arundel 443, f. 1

Heraldic arms as part of the full border, at the beginning of the Liber sextus decretalium. Image taken from f. 1 of Glossed Liber Sextus Decretalium. Written in Latin.

Detail: Heraldic arms from BL Arundel 443, f. 1

Heraldic arms as part of the full border, at the beginning of the Liber sextus decretalium. Image taken from f. 1 of Glossed Liber Sextus Decretalium. Written in Latin.

Sword Pommel with the Arms of Pierre de Dreux (ca. 1190–1250), Duke of Brittany and Earl of Richmond

This sword pommel is decorated with the arms of Pierre de Dreux, Duke of Brittany, who was captured during the Seventh Crusade at the Battle of al-Mansurah in Egypt on February 8, 1250. He was later ransomed an... more

Catapult Projectile from Montfort (Starkenberg) Castle

The area of Montfort, in upper Galilee near Acre, Isreal, was occupied by French Crusaders in the eleventh century. In the early thirteenth century it was acquired by the Teutonic Knights, a German crusading or... more