Details
Image number
XCL490887
Title
Halberd, c.1600-25 (steel, brass, wood & leather)
Artist
French School, (17th century) / French
Location
Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA
Medium
steel, brass, wood and leather
Date
1600 AD - 1625 AD (C17th AD)
Dimensions
239 cms
Description
The word 'halberd' comes from the German words Halm (a staff) and Barte (an axe). The halberd is, in fact, an axe mounted on a long pole with a very specialized shape and function: the axe blade was used for hacking, the spike for thrusting, and the beak either for piercing plate armour or for pulling a knight from his saddle. The halberd was a weapon for shock troops and was used frequently by Swiss and German mercenaries.
Photo credit
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance / Bridgeman Images
Keywords
axe / polearms / mask / warfare / metal / military / metallic / weapon / weapons / metalwork / pole-arm / applique / blade / halberds / masks / pointy / pole-arms / militaria / spike / halberd / spikey / polearm
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