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Crossbow and Cranequin of Elector Augustus I of Saxony

Crossbow and Cranequin of Elector Augustus I of Saxony

c. 1553–73

Did You Know?

Augustus was a marksman who took part in crossbow competitions. He had a large collection and often gave them to friends.

Description

This crossbow was a hunting weapon for Prince Elector Augustus I, a member of the ruling elite in the Holy Roman Empire. Augustus, powerful and wealthy, had even the most practical instruments ornately decorated, including this crossbow and its cranequin, or winding device.
  • Richard Zschille (1847-1903), Leipzig, Germany
    -1916
    Frank Gair Macomber (1849-1941), Boston, MA, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    1916-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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