Date: ca. 1500 Geography: possibly Emilia Culture: Italian, possibly Emilia Medium: Steel, etched and gilt; gilt bronze; horn; brass Dimensions: L. 23 in. (58.42 cm); Wt. 2 lb. (907 g) Classification: Daggers Credit Line: Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913 Accession Number: 14.25.1266
The cinquedea derives its name from the distinctively broad blade, about five fingers (cinque diti) wide. The scenes on both sides of this blade represent episodes from the ancient Roman myth of Diana and Actaeon.
Provenance Ex. coll.: Duke of Medina-Celi, Madrid.