File:Dagger guard, design by Hans Holbein the Younger.jpg

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English: Design for a guard of a ballock-dagger with top mount of the scabbard into which the knife and bodkin could have fitted. Pen and black ink with grey wash on paper, 7.3 × 7.1 cm, British Museum, London. "The ballock-dagger was named after the rounded forms at the base of the grip, ornamented here with two crouching men. A knife and bodkin, useful for cutting up food, were sometimes carried alongside a dagger or sword and fitted within the scabbard. Holbein has shaped the pommels and guards of these highly finished designs from a variety of motifs in his repertoire, fitting grotesque heads, musicians, acanthus leaves, scaly tnetacles and rams horns with flowing ease into the required forms of the dagger hilts. The designs are similar to the ceremonial dagger worn by Henry VIII in the cartoon for the Whitehall wall painting and suggest the design of such weaponry was among Holbein's tasks as a court artist." (Foister, p. 88.)
Date c. 1536–38
Source Susan Foister, Holbein in England, London: Tate, 2006, ISBN 1854376454.
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