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Knife with a Hand Holding an Orb

Knife with a Hand Holding an Orb

The handles of common tools were often embellished with sculpted figures. The design of this piece may have symbolic importance or may simply reflect its use as a fruit knife.

Straight, Double-Edged Sword Blade (Ken)

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

Key
Sword

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

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

Gauntlet Sword (Pata)

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

Brazier
Caldron

Caldron

Cauldrons and cooking pots of all sizes were standard kitchen equipment of wealthy houses in which the lord was responsible for feeding the entire household and its staff. In more modest domestic circumstances,... more

Two Crossbow Nuts
Candelabra
Andiron
Candelabra
Steel Knife with Ivory Handle

Steel Knife with Ivory Handle

Made in Venice, Italy

Andiron
Sword (Ral gri)

Sword (Ral gri)

This is one of the best examples from a small group of rare early swords from Tibet. The hilt of this sword, including its grip, is made entirely of iron that has been embossed, chiseled, and then damascened in... more

Candelabra
Blade for a Dagger (Tantō)

Blade for a Dagger (Tantō)

Rai Kunitoshi, who worked in Kyōto, was among the most famous swordsmiths of the late thirteenth to early fourteenth century. This dagger, one of his masterpieces, exemplifies his best-known blade-making style.... more

Bascinet

Bascinet

A bascinet with a faceted bowl is rare. The helmet was originally longer, but the lower edges have been trimmed and cutouts made over the eyes, modifications probably done for a later owner.

Bascinet
Helmet

Helmet

Found in Tibet and rare for both its form and its inscription, this helmet was probably made in central or western Asia and represents an important link between the Islamic cultures of central Asia and the Midd... more

Gauntlet for the Right Hand, from Tannenberg Castle

Gauntlet for the Right Hand, from Tannenberg Castle

This gauntlet was found in 1849 during the excavation of Tannenberg Castle (near Darmstadt), which had been destroyed by siege in 1399.

Lance
Hand and a Half Sword

Hand and a Half Sword

The name of this type of sword refers to the length of its hilt, which allows it to be wielded with one hand or two. Before being acquired by William H. Riggs, this sword was in the collection of Sir Samuel Rus... more

Partisan

Partisan

probably Bologna

Shirt of Mail and Plate

Shirt of Mail and Plate

Shirts constructed of small interlocking rings, called mail, were the principal body defense of Muslim warriors since the time of the Prophet Muhammad. By the late fourteenth century, this flexible defense was ... more

Helmet with Aventail

Helmet with Aventail

This especially attractive and well preserved turban helmet retains the mail aventail that protected the lower half of the face and neck. The aventail is fixed with a lead seal stamped with the mark used in the... more

Field Ensign

Field Ensign

The surface is engraved with interlocking Arabic inscriptions, Koranic verses, and numbers. One of the inscriptions, "Help from God and early victory," suggests the use of this ensign in a military context.

Turban Helmet

Turban Helmet

Helmets of this type are usually called turban helmets becuase of their large bulbous shape and the flutings that imitate the folds of a turban. Because certain dervish groups wore turbans wound with a prescrib... more

Turban Helmet

Turban Helmet

Helmets of this type are usually called turban helmets becuase of their large bulbous shape and the flutings that imitate the folds of a turban. Because certain dervish groups wore turbans wound with a prescrib... more

Elephant Sword

Elephant Sword

Elephants were used in warfare in India for approximately a thousand years. In addition to armor, war elephants sometimes were equipped with swords, also called tusk swords, which are pairs of blades specially ... more

Sword
Pair of Leg Guards

Pair of Leg Guards

This is the only known matching pair of mail-and-plate guards of the fifteenth century for the lower legs. Similar floral ornament and Arabic inscriptions also are found on turban helmets.

War Hat

War Hat

Fribourg

Halberd
Lance Head for the Joust of Peace

Lance Head for the Joust of Peace

This four-pronged lance head was used in the Gestech, a joust with blunted lances.

Mail Shirt

Mail Shirt

Although mailmaking was a highly specialized craft, very few mail garments were signed by their makers. This one has two brass links inscribed with the name BECHLER, indicating a German origin. Bechler (German)

Dagger
Ahlspiess
Door Rasp
Halberd
Lock

Lock

The decoration of Gothic iron locks and keys was often elaborate and of the highest standard of workmanship. The motifs were frequently drawn from Gothic architecture, reproducing on a miniature scale complicat... more

Belt Hook
Coffret a mailles

Coffret a mailles

This coffret à mailles is covered with a double layer of wrought-iron sheaving with late Gothic grillwork, mounted on a wood support; the interior is lined with modern, red velvet. Caskets such as this one must... more

Birdcage

Birdcage

Made in Avignon ?

Brazier
Spear
Sallet in the Franco-Burgundian Style

Sallet in the Franco-Burgundian Style

said to have been found in Givet, Champagne-Ardenne

Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense)

Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense)

Like armored warriors, horses were usually protected by defenses of steel plate, leather, or reinforced textile. Fluted and engraved shaffrons like this were used throughout the Middle East, notably in Iran, Ot... more

Shirt of Mail and Plate

Shirt of Mail and Plate

The Arabic inscriptions in praise of an unidentified ruler ("the khan, the wise") are similar to those found on turban helmets attributed to the Ak-Koyunlu (White Sheep Turkoman) in northwestern Iran and Anatol... more

Left Leg Guard in the Style of Turkman Armor

Left Leg Guard in the Style of Turkman Armor

This left leg guard, along with a right leg guard also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 36.25.457), forms the only known matching pair of mail-and-plate guards of the fifteenth century for the ... more

Vajra Flaying Knife

Vajra Flaying Knife

This flaying knife is styled in the Indian manner, with a long, hooked steel blade for butchering and flaying. A vajra (thunderbolt scepter), symbol par excellence of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, forms the handl... more

Halberd
Halberd
Couse
Halberd
Halberd
Halberd
Serving Knife

Serving Knife

This serving knife, and its pair (see ac. no. 51.118.3), has been attributed to Hans Sumersperger of Hall, the knifesmith of Maximilian I, at whose splendid court the influence of northern late Gothic and Itali... more

Serving Knife

Serving Knife

This serving knife, and its pair (see ac. no. 51.118.2), has been attributed to Hans Sumersperger of Hall, the knifesmith of Maximilian I, at whose splendid court the influence of northern late Gothic and Itali... more

Helmet

Helmet

The Arabic inscriptions include the phrases "Glory to our Lord, the greatest Sultan, the noble, the mighty Khagan, master of the necks (of nations)." The foliate Kufic script is similar to that found on early s... more