German / Crossbow of Ulrich V, Duke of Württemberg / 1460German
Crossbow of Ulrich V, Duke of Württemberg

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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Name-CRT: German
Title: Crossbow of Ulrich V, Duke of Württemberg
Title Type: Objectname
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1460
Creation End Date: 1460
Creation Date: 1460
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Arms
Materials and Techniques: Wood, iron, ivory, horn, whalebone, tendon
Dimensions: L. 28 1/4 in. (71.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 04.3.36
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1904

The carved ivory decoration on the stock of this crossbow includes the date 1460 and the coats of arms of Württemberg and Savoy, referring to the owner, Count Ulrich V of Württemberg (1413-1480), and his wife, Princess Marguerite of Savoy. Above the trigger is a German or Yiddish benediction written in Hebrew. This inscription is a rare and early instance of Hebraic script on an item intended for a Christian patron.

AMICA ID: MMA_.04.3.36
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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