Venetian polaxe for Foot Tournaments
- Dated: first quarter of the 16th century
- Measurements: head ~ 43.3cm; overall length ~ 196cm
An “ascia da fante” with a head of two-part construction secured centrally by a transverse bolt with short pyramidal heads, with sharply tapering hollow-triangular spike on a moulded two-stage neck. The latter extends to form a pair of straps each retained by six nails and fitted over the common neck of the axe-blade and pean.
The juncture is impaled by the transverse bolt with symmetrical axe-blade with convex edge and has a strongly cusped back edges. A pierced quatrefoil is inlaid with the makers mark on one face, a leaping stag, and with moulded triangular pean with rectangular face cut with a diamond-pointed rusticated pattern over its surface.