Materials: steel, wood, leather.
Techniques: forging, locksmithing, rusting.
Dimensions: 110х21х4.5 cm
A trivial reading of the symbolism of the medieval sword. A trivial reading of the symbolism of the medieval sword. The classic bastard sword of the late Middle Ages is a symbol of weaponry and protection throughout European civilization. But, what matters to me is that it doesn’t look new and shiny, sharpened and ready for battle. The sword is rusty and old, with a worn hilt and notches on the blade. For me, this is a symbol of the past, a symbol of time as a category of life that eats up both metal and the memory of people and their suffering. A rusty sword is a symbol of a weapon that has lost its main function – to inflict injuries. Now it is an object of aesthetics, a reminder of human cruelty, which is unlikely to ever be overcome.
The blade, crosshair and pommel are made of steel with deep traces of natural corrosion.
On the crosshairs of the blade and guard there is a crucifix in the Romanesque style, also made of steel. The handle is made of two wooden plates covered with leather, also with deep signs of aging.