Russia (Vologda), late 19th century
The Hermitage Museum
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Russia, early 19th century
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hornet Lizard a.k.a. Blood squirting lizard when threatened are capable of squirting blood from their eyes. It’s meant to confuse predators, but also contains a chemical that is noxious to dogs, wolves, and coyotes.
Fauchard of the Bodyguard of Cardinal Scipione Borghese-Caffarelli
- Dated: circa 1600–1610
- Culture: Italian
- Medium: steel, copper, gold, silver, wood, textile
- Measurements: L., 108 in. (274.32 cm); blade L., 35 in. (24.13 cm); W., 9.5 in. (88.9 cm)
- Classification: shafted weapons
The weapons features certain marking and inscriptions, thus on the blade lies the arms of Camillo, Cardinal Borghese, afterwards Pope Paul V. It is ensigned with the Papal badge (keys and tiara): azure, a demi-dragon or, a chief of the Empire (gold, an eagle [or demi-eagle] displayed sable, crowned of first). Above that there’s a crown with palm and olive branch.
Scipione Borghese (1 September 1577 – 2 October 1633) was an Italian Cardinal, art collector and patron of the arts. A member of the Borghese family, he was the patron of the painter Caravaggio and the artist Bernini. His legacy is the establishment of the art collection at the Villa Borghese in Rome.