‘Athena’ – Dutch silver handle & steel blade, 17th century
Dutch solid silver handle modelled as an Amazon warrior, her right arm reaching over her shoulder to a shield across her back bearing a cypher of two arrows piercing a heart, a dolphin modelled at her feet behind her back.
Bears the Dutch ‘Antique’ category assay mark (an axe) of the 19th-20th century (located in the centre of the armorial heart)
An interesting allegorical sculpture of an Amazon warrior, in ‘Antique’ armour, with a concealed image of a double-pierced heart and a dolphin to her back; Love is at work here, with Cupid’s association with dolphins, and signs of his handywork with the arrow-pierced heart.
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