European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
"Slavonic Sword" (Schiavona)Made in Italy, Europe
Probably made in Venice, Italy, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, Italian
Steel [blade]; blackened iron, wood, cord [hilt]; leather replaced
1977-167-542Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977
LabelThis type of sword was carried by the guard of the doge (chief magistrate) of Venice in the late fifteenth century. It is named for the members of this guard, who came from the Dalmatian Coast of present-day Croatia and were then called Schavoni in Venice.
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