Alaric - King of the Visigoths

  • Larry Fuegen, Alaric - King of the Visigoths, 1998, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1998, Larry Fuegen, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Leyden, 1998.132A-B

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The intricately carved handle of this knife shows the figure of Alaric, who led the Visigoths from the end of the fourth century into the beginning of the fifth. He and his troops plundered Greece, invaded Italy, and finally defeated Rome in 410 AD. Larry Fuegen used ancient materials, including buffalo horn, mammoth ivory, and deer antler, to create an image of the warrior that could have been made by an artisan traveling with the Visigoths. Fuegen crafted Alaric's helmet from silver and gold and used sapphire fittings for his staring eyes.

Alaric - King of the Visigoths
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11 1/4 x 11 3/8 x 5 5/8 in. (28.5 x 28.8 x 14.3 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Leyden

  • Dress – accessory – hat
  • History – Europe
  • Occupation – other – aristocrat
  • Portrait male – Alaric – head
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