Halberd

Artist/maker unknown, Austrian

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

Date:
c. 1580

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

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

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

* Gallery 247, Arms and Armor, second floor (Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Galleries)

Accession Number:
1977-167-358

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

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Label:
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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