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Historical Archive: Swords, Long Knives, and Daggars
through the late twelfth century
Represenataions follow surviving objects.

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rolled up sword fr. Vold, iron/silver, 10th c., OHM C15888
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Medici cameo: emperor with genius, sacrificing poss. to Hope, 1st-3rd c., sardonyx cameo in gilded metal, Florence MA 14443. This work has its own page.
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Valerian (253-60) captured by Shapur I (241-72), Sassanian sardonyx cameo, c. 260 CE, CdM Babelon 360
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Mars, 4th c., sapphire intaglio, Florence MA 14723. For modern impression see Florence MA.
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sword hilt fr. life-size figure, bronze, 4th c., SF 1952.44. For detail see SF.
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Tetrarchs, porphyry, c.305, San Marco, Venice. This work has its own page.
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Passion sarcophagus, marble, c.350 CE, Vat 31525. This work has its own page.
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Passion/tree sarcophagus, marble, Rome c.360, Vat 28591. For other views see Vatican Museums.
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gold bracteate, 5th c. Denmark, prob. Tyr overcoming Fenris, Hermitage OH-З-Aз-5837
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short sword or knife: sacrifice of a captive funeral cushion, linen and wool loop textile with inset, 5th-6th c., Pushkin 5180
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Abraham and Isaac: Christian pyxis, ivory, 5th-6th c., Bologna BIZ 2, which has its own page
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Sacrifice of Isaac, presbytery mosaic, Ravenna, Church of San Vitale, 527-48. This work has its own interior and exterior pages.
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Cup of Chosroes. Gold, rock crystal, red and green glass, Sassanian, 531-579. CdM Chab. 2538. This work has its own page.
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Cathedra of Maximian, ivory, 546-56, RavArchMus, which has its own page with more weapons
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scabbard: David and Goliath, Constantinople 629–30, Met 17.190.396, which has its own page with sword
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Oseberg cart, 8th-early 9th c., OsloVSM, which has its own pages
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St Mary Bishophill Jr, York, cross fragment with secular figures, millstone grit (sandstone), 8th-9th c., Yorkshire Museum 1979.53. For another view see York.
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angel with sword and scabbard, marble, Byzantine 9th-10th c., MFAB
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liturgical scenes, ivory, c.870-75? Louvre MR 368, MR 369. This work has its own page.
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Putto and panther ivory, 10th c. Byzantine, Louvre AC 865
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Weston church cross fragment side 2, top recut with Viking imagery, Yorkshire Museum. For full object see York.
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soldier, Byzantine ivory 10th-11th c., Schn B6
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Veroli Casket, ivory and bone, mid to late 10th c., V&A 216-1865. This work has its own page.
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Rosette Casket, wood/ivory/bone, Italo-Byzantine, 11th-12th c., Arezzo MS, which has its own page with more swords, club
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seal matrix of Godwin, walrus ivory, early 11th c., BM 1881,0404.1. For detail and reverse see BM.
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ivory with Genesis scenes, Spain, late 11th or 9th/early 10th c., Hermitage Ф-2, which has its own page
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Reliquary of SS. Adrian and Natalia, León 12th c., silver on oak, AIC 1943.65. This work has its own page with more examples.
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Sainte Chasse, 12th c. Byzantine ivory, Sens CT 143, which has its own page with spear, club
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knife or short sword: Alexander casket, Byzantine ivory, prob. 12th c., poss. 6th or 9th c., Darmstadt Kg 54:215a-d, which has its own page
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judicial scene, St. Stephen: copper, 12th c.? Vat 61919
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Lisbjerg Altar frontal/retable/arch c.1135-50, gilded copper, NMD D287. This work has its own page.
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Chartres west windows 1145-1155. For more views see Chartres.
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ivory game piece, Hercules and the Erymanthian boar?, Cologne c.1150, UMMA 1987/1.262. For other views see UMMA.
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Stavelot altar, gilt bronze with enamel and rock crystal, c.1150-60, MRAH 1590. This work has its own page with more swords.
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ivory cross, c.1150-60, Cloisters 63.12, which has its own page.
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Novgorod cathedral doors, bronze, prob. 1152-54. The doors have their own page with more swords and prob. later quiver.
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Pisa baptistery lower level 1152-70, which has its own page, in cathedral complex
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battle of the Milvian Bridge: Stavelot Triptych, Mosan, c.1156-58, Morgan AZ001, which has its own page.
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bracteate of Margrave Otto I, Brandenburg 1170-84, MNW NPO 3383
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St. Valerie of Limoges reliquary, gilt copper/enamel, Limoges c.1175, Hermitage Ф-175. For oblique view see Hermitage.
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Thomas Becket reliquary, Limoges c.1180-90, V&A M.66-1997. This work has its own page with another sword.
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Seal of Pierre de Courtenai (modern cast), count of Nevers, 1184. AN D863
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reliquary of Thomas Becket, copper alloy/enamel, Limoges c.1190-1200, Cluny Cl. 23296 For details see Cluny.
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candle-stick in the form of a mounted knight, Lotharingia? late 12th c., KGM 85.56. For reverse see Berlin.
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sword and scabbard: portal from Hylestad stave church, late 12th-early 13th c., OHM C4321, which has its own page with more swords
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St. Demetrios, stone (shale/schist?), late 12th-early 13th c., Byzantine? Novgorod AM