No one before Bernini had managed to make marble so carnal. In his nimble hands it would flatter and stream, quiver and sweat. His figures weep and shout, their torses twist and run, and arch themselves in spasms of intense sensation. He could, like an alchemist, change one material into another - marble into trees, leaves, hair, and, of course, flesh. - Simon Schama’s Power of Art. Bernini
With double-edged fullered blade of flattened-diamond section, the dagger has a central fuller pierced with a series of slots and circles, silver-gilt hilt including a pair of down-curved quillons decorated with scrolls and an owl in the centre on each side. The nielloed grip is decorated with foliage and a trellis pattern filled with crosses. It is presented in its fabric-covered wooden scabbard with silver mounts en suite with the hilt.