• Sheathed Knife

    Technique:
    forged, carved, engraved, damascened, gilded
    Dimensions:
    total length: 28,0 cm; blade length: 18,0 cm

Sheathed Knife

Russia, Moscow, Early 17th century

This small knife was probably not for practical use in battle but rather for everyday functions, even though it was produced in the workshops of the Moscow Kremlin, most famous for its fighting weapons. It immediately reveals the great professionalism and fine taste of its unknown author: the elegant lines of the gold inlay pattern on the blade, the no less elegant gilded mount of the sheath, perfectly combining with the dark velvet and the polished coloured stone of the handle to produce a rich overall colour scheme. On the blunt side of the blade is a Russian inscription using the same inlay with gold, indicating that the owner of the knife was the Boyar Dmitry Godunov, uncle of Tsar Boris Godunov and a central figure in late16th- and early 17th-century Russia.

Title:

Sheathed Knife

Accessory:

Belonged to D.I. Godunov, uncle of the Tsar Boris Godunov

Place of creation:

Manufacture, workshop, firm:

Workshop of the Moscow Kremlin Armoury

Technique:

forged, carved, engraved, damascened, gilded

Dimensions:

total length: 28,0 cm; blade length: 18,0 cm

Inventory Number:

З.О.-7687

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