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Obverse: possibly Abigail greeting David with food and offerings. Reverse: Apollo and Muses. Heavily stylized borders; narrow gilt on green edging (much obliterated). Carved ivory blades; guards of tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl on ivory with steel piqué work in form of sea monster.

Provenance

Gift of Esther Oldham to the MFA, 1976

Credit Line

Oldham Collection

mid-17th century

Object Place

England or southern Netherlands

Dimensions

Guard: 28.0 cm (11 in.); maximum open: 47.5 cm (18 11/16 in.); arc: 135°

Accession Number

1976.290

Medium or Technique

Engraved skin leaf, carved ivory blades (some bone replacements), tortiseshell, mother-of-pearl

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes