Late 16th Century Silesian Mercenary This parcel gilt bronze military sculpture was designed and sculpted by Anna Danesin circa 1970’s and was made in Italy in a limited edition of 400. The details are really great. This is signed on the back of the right leg and is numbered on the bottom number 100 of 400. Measures about 9.5in x height x 7.5in width. Condition: Excellent vintage condition.
I’ve translated the following description directly for the Italian language brochure that the former owner provided so the syntax is a little off but you’ll get the idea. The man wears the picturesque fashion of that time, of Swiss origin, based on the combination of two overlapping contrasting fabrics. On the sleeves and on the trousers cloth outside and cut into parallel strips, leaving a glimpse of the second material of a different color (in this fashion was later condemned by the church because considered scandalous for the great waste of fabric).
On the head the soldier wearing a hat shaped dish "ruff", and walking shoes that recall the game of tissues of the sleeves and pants: ie also cut into strips parallel to let see the socks. The weapon of this soldier and one Tschinke flintlock. Originally this weapon was at the wheel and was later adapted precisely power flintlock.
Slender bike light and small arms, the Tschinke yet started to be produced in the last decades of the 500 and spread particularly in the northern German provinces. It was also a weapon used for hunting enthusiasts by beating the forests of Northern Germany, because the remarkable accuracy of his shot could hit a moving target at 100 meters.
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