"Slavonic Sword" (Schiavona)

Artist/maker unknown, Italian

Made in Italy, Europe
Probably made in Venice, Italy, Europe

c. 1475-1500

Steel [blade]; blackened iron, wood, cord [hilt]; leather replaced

Length (Overall): 44 7/16 inches (112.9 cm) Pommel: 2 1/8 × 1 1/16 × 1 3/4 inches (5.4 × 2.7 × 4.5 cm) Width (Quillons): 5 1/2 inches (13.9 cm) Depth (Quillon Block): 11/16 inches (1.7 cm) Blade: 2 1/16 × 37 15/16 inches (5.3 × 96.4 cm) Weight: 2.7 lb. (1215g)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 249, Arms and Armor, second floor (Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Galleries)

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977

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This 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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