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Catalog Data

Medium:
ivory, steel, gold plated, brass
Dimensions:
L x W x D: 18.3 × 2.5 × 1.8 cm (7 3/16 in. × 1 in. × 11/16 in.)
Type:
cutlery
Decorative Arts
knife
Object Name:
knife
Possibly made in:
France or Italy
Date:
1535–50
Catalogue Status:
Research in Progress
Description:
Straight-sided blade, the upper edge curving sharply towards the point. The blade is engraved and gilded, a flower spray on one side, a monk or saint looking up to the sky on the other side; blade folds into back of ivory handle. Small brass caps at the hinge. The handle is carved in the shape of the torso of a monk, bold with beard, holding a staff with his arm and a Bible and a church in the other hand. (Possibly Dominic [1170-1221] holding the Lateran Church?)
Credit Line:
The Robert L. Metzenberg Collection, gift of Eleanor L. Metzenberg
Accession Number:
1985-103-178
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4dd7c4828-5fea-4f9d-9753-86c27c27c6b2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1985-103-178