Artist/maker unknown, Austrian

Made in Styria, Austria, Europe
or made in Upper Austria, Austria, Europe

c. 1580

Etched and partially blackened steel (Head); wood, replaced (Shaft)

Head: 11 1/8 x 34 inches (28.3 x 86.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 247, 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 halberd was made for an officer of the Styrian infantry troops. The duchy of Styria in Austria was one of the Hapsburg’s hereditary lands. Because of its proximity to Hungary it was one of the first lines of defense of the Hapsburg territories against the Ottoman Turks, who controlled much of Hungary from the early sixteenth century until the late seventeenth century

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