Apr 1, 2020
Apr 26, 2007
Apr 26, 2007

Glaive (with Arms of Giustini Family)

Glaive (with Arms of Giustini Family)

c. 1600–1620

Steel, etched; wood haft

Overall: 184.5 cm (72 5/8 in.); Blade: 15.2 cm (6 in.)

Weight: 2.3 kg (5.07 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1532

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The large number of surviving glaives that are decorated with the arms of Venetian families indicate its popularity in the city of Venice.


A glaive is a long staff weapon with a large cleaver or knife-like blade. The flat steel blade is conducive to ornamental decoration such as heraldic devices. The decorative nature of this weapon made it a favorite for ceremonial use.

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