Posted: Thu 15 Dec, 2011 12:13 pm Post subject: Dating a sword in the Met
This sword in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is rather fondly reproduced in books which relate medieval weaponry. The Met's site puts the sword at a date of "c. 1400," yet the shape of the blade and the furniture style make me consider origins almost a hundred years prior to that.
Have other cross-examinations been made of the sword to support or discredit the 1400 date? Thanks for the feedback. Cheers!
They might mean to infer the 14th century. This is Oakeshott's XIV.! and he dates it to 1325-1350. Do you have a handy link so we may compare both your interpretation and the actual description as listed?
Having been recently to the Met I found some of there dating suspicious. For instance I saw a statue of three figures wearing armor clearly from the 1340s dated from 1380-1400. Unless it was a copy of another piece there is no way that dating was correct.
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