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Crossbow of Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary and Bohemia (reigned 1458–1490). Dated 1489, possibly made in Vienna. Wood, horn, animal sinew, staghorn, birch bark, iron alloy. L. 29 in. (73.7 cm); W. 24 in. (60.9 cm); Wt. 5 lb. 1/2 oz. (2284 g). MMoA 25.42 It is one of the earliest surviving bows with heraldic decoration (it displays the king's personal arms and those of his kingdom), and has a sophisticated firing mechanism.


The first references to the name of Jajce in written sources is from the year 1396, but the fortress had already existed by then. Jajce was the residence of the last Bosnian king Stjepan Tomasevic; the Ottomans besieged the town and executed him, but held it only for six months, before the Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus seized it at the siege of Jajce and established the Banovina of Jajce

Bronze figures of the Statue of Matei Corvin, Cluj-Napoca. Matthias Corvinus (23 February 1443 – 6 April 1490), also called the Just in folk tales, was King of Hungary (as Matthias I) and Croatia from 1458, at the age of 14 until his death