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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2003.240
People
Unidentified Artist
Title
Dagger
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Romantic Dagger
Classification
Weapons and Ammunition
Work Type
dagger
Date
c. 1840s
Culture
French
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/70808
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Cast bronze with gilded silver and engraved steel
Technique
Cast
Dimensions
34.3 cm (13 1/2 in.)
Provenance
David & Constance Yates, New York, NY, Sold to Harvard University Art Museums, 2003.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Purchase through the generosity of Mariot Fraser Solomon in memory of Arthur K. Solomon
Accession Year
2003
Object Number
2003.240
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Dagger in the romantic style, the handle a cast figure of "Invidia" (Envy) with serpents intertwining her legs and in her hair, piercing herself with a dagger; a sharp steel pointed blade and a decorative sheath with incised grotesques including a dragon and cast bronze mounts of strapwork and masks.
Publication History

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Ivan Gaskell, Sara Schechner, and Sarah Anne Carter, Tangible Things: Making History through Objects, Oxford University Press (NY) (New York, 2015), p. 17, repr. as fig. 18

Exhibition History

Tangible Things, The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Cambridge, 01/24/2011 - 05/29/2011

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