Art/ Collection/ Art Object


ca. 1570
probably Italian
Steel, wood
L. 8 ft. 8 7/8 in. (266.4 cm); L. of head 22 1/16 in. (56 cm); W. 7 1/2 in. (19 cm); Wt. 5 lbs. 8 oz. (2494.8 g)
Shafted Weapons
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
Not on view
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Hôtel Drouot and Charles Pillet. Catalogue de la vente qui aura lieu par suite du décès de N. Diaz de la Pena. Paris: Hôtel Drouot, December 22-24, 1877. p. 98, lot 571 (probably this halberd purchased by Riggs for 100 francs).

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