There’s a lesson here. The greatest thing I learned from my formalist training in painting was actually not about painting. It was about the nature of knowledge itself: what it means to define a creative practice as a craft, or as a discipline, or as a set of ideas, and how such a practice relates to culture at large. In other words, the important thing to ask is not What is painting? or What is game design? Instead, the real question is: What is gained and what is lost when we define it in a particular way?
Cinquedea Short Sword
- Dated: first quarter of the 16th Century
- Place of Origin: North Italy
- Measurements: overall length 54.4 cm
The cinquedea has a short, triangular, double-edged blade, with four grooves at the base – three at the centre and two toward the tip. The first two segments of the blade are finely engraved and gilt with effigy of knight on horseback under arches and between floral motifs, on both sides. The typical quillon with the arms bent toward the bottom and a small tip at the quillon-block is engraved and gilt with floral motifs.
The sword has a curved pommel engraved with floral motifs, the gilt bands feature inscriptions “AVXILIVM A SUPER” on a side, and “PRAEBENT VICTORIA” on the other. The bone grip has scales decorated with four filigree rosettes. A similar example can be seen in “Waffen im Schweizerischen Landesmuseum Griffwaffen I” by Hugo Schneider (page 56, N. 74).
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