German (Nuremberg)
third quarter of 16th century
Probably workshop of Wenzel Jamnitzer (German, 1508–1586), Possibly designed by Mathias Zündt (German, 1498?–1572)

Object Place: Europe, Nuremberg, Germany


7 x 40 cm (2 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilded bronze, steel, horn and wood inlays

On View

Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)





Each side of hilt decorated with intricately cast and chased mannerist ornament in the style of Wenzel Jamnitzer divided into three sections by horizontal molding. Shaped pommel has central caryatid figure flanked by strapwork, cornucopia and garlands which encircle the sides. Widest point has projecting masks. Middle section composed of strapwork with two vertical openings inlayed with horn and wood in a checkered pattern. Lower section has a lion’s head maskwith shield-like cartouche. Broaded socket of hilt section decorated with gr otesques in profile amid scrolls surmounting a molded band supported by pierced strapwork. Wide, flat blade with rounded cusp.


By 1981, with P. and D. Colnaghi and Co., London (dealer); July 4, 1991, anonymous sale, Sotheby's London, lot 252; Ellin Mitchell, New York (dealer); 1993, purchased by the MFA.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund, Gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz and Edward Jackson Holmes, Bequest of William Homer through Mrs. Charles Davis, Jr., Gift in the name of Mr. and Mrs. Caleb A. Curtis, Gift of the Estate of Mrs. William C. Endicott, Estate of Mrs. William Dorr Boardman through Gift of Mrs. Bernard C. Weld, by exchange