Biblical Scenes

Object Name
Knife
Artist/Maker
Flemish
Object Type
knives (weapons)
Date
early 16th century
Medium
wood, steel, silver with leather case
Credit Line
Paris, Louvre Museum, Department of Decorative Arts
Object Number
OA 5611
Location
AGO, Gallery 137 Margaret Eaton Gallery
Institution/Owner
Musée du Louvre

Dimensions

(Handle): 43.8mm × 35mm × 110.9mm (4.4 × 3.5 × 11.1 cm)
Overall (Knife): 57.4mm × 35mm × 445mm (5.7 × 3.5 × 44.5 cm)

Description

Jesse tree (2 sides parallel to blade); Annunciation above; Expulsion below: (broad face 1); Last Supper above; Abraham & Melchisedek below (broad face 2); Arrest of Christ above; Joab and Amasa (?) below (broad face 3); Crucifixion above; Brazen Serpent below (broad face 4); Annunciation to the Shepherds; Nativity (blade)

Signature, Inscriptions, and Markings

Inscription
Dutch inscription in Gothic letters on either side of knife handle:

Blyt is sonder verganc/
Ghet ov min leven lanc.

[source: Molinier 1902, no. 61]

Published References

Emile Molinier, Donation de M. le Baron Adolphe de Rothschild (Paris 1902, 25, no. 61)

Provenance

Provenance
Baron Adolphe de Rothschild, Paris (1901)
Previous Owner(s)
Baron Adolphe de Rothschild

Subjects

Crucifixion
Annunciation
dagger / knife
Christianity
Nativity
Expulsion from the Garden of Eden
Kiss of Judas
Mount of Olives
Last Supper

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