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Benjamin Floyd II





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PostPosted: Mon 19 Sep, 2011 11:00 am    Post subject: What are these (polearms)?         Reply with quote

I'm unfamiliar with types of polearms ca. 1325-35. I've outlined them roughly, but they may be a slightly different shape.

They are from this:

Scenes from the Life of Christ
Leaf from the Hungarian Anjou Legendary
Illuminated by the Hungarian Master and his workshop for a Hungarian patron
Italy, Bologna?, ca. 132535
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; MS M.360.10

The Hungarian Anjou Legendary was one of the most lavishly illuminated manuscripts of its time. Nearly 550 scenes have survived, but there may have been about a third more. The Legendary contains the stories (lives) of Christ, the Virgin, and saints, arranged according to church hierarchy, placing the female saints last. Each folio originally contained four compartments with numbered scenes and Latin inscriptions.

The presence of Hungarian and Anjou saints has led to the suggestion that the Legendary was commissioned by Charles Robert of Anjou, king of Hungary. The Hungarian Master, an Italian active in Bologna, was so named because his two most important works were made for Hungarians. His style has much in common with the Master of 1328, with whom he may have worked and trained.

The complete manuscript apparently was owned by Giovanni Battista Saluzzo (15791642) in 1630, when he cut many of the quadripartite miniatures into four scenes, mounting them, one per page, in a small album. He did not cut up all of the leaves, however, and 106 of them are, with their original inscriptions, in the Vatican Library (Lat. 8541).

As an aside, the two guys in the middle are kissing.



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PostPosted: Mon 19 Sep, 2011 11:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

All but one of those weapons appear to be somewhat stylized spears (with odd edge shapes in some cases due to loss of paint/leaf). The remaining weapon is an early form of halberd.
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PostPosted: Mon 19 Sep, 2011 12:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Seems those are spears indeed, or possibly some kind of glaive thingies similar to those depicted in Maciejowski bible - with strong rib protruding from the haft and slight blade on the side of it.



At least that's how they appear.
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PostPosted: Mon 19 Sep, 2011 12:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'd agree about the spears and halberd, but the one that's shaped like a fish is different than the others. It looks like there are three different weapons there.
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