Hanger of Johannes van Leenen, anonymous, c. 1675 - c. 1700

Hanger of Johannes van Leenen, anonymous, c. 1675 - c. 1700

iron (metal), l 80.5cm × w 11.5cm × d 5.5cm. More details

This hanger – a weapon with a short, broad blade – was made for Johan van Leenen, a high-ranking official in the Dutch East India Company. It is exceptionally luxurious, with a hilt of sawasa, a very expensive alloy of fire-gilt copper, gold and arsenic. The scabbard is covered with shagreen (rayskin). The hilt and scabbard were probably shipped separately to Europe, where a Dutch-made blade completed the weapon.

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