European Sword

  • Maker: unknown
  • Dated: 1300-1350
  • Culture: probably made in Italy, Europe
  • Medium: steel [blade]; blackened iron, copper alloy [hilt]; wood and leather [scabbard]
  • Measurements: overall length: 42 15/16 inches (109.1 cm). Blade: 36 inches, 2.6 lb. (91.4 cm, 1.16 kg). Pommel: 2 1/16 inches, 1 3/8 inches (5.3 × 3.5 cm). Blade length: 35 15/16 inches (91.3 cm). Blade width: 2 1/8 inches (5.4 cm). Quillon width: 6 3/4 inches (17.2 cm). Quillon block depth: 9/16 inches (1.4 cm)

The sword features Arabic inscriptions at the base of the blade, but it was probably made in Europe for the Middle-Eastern market.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art

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In January 1967, we printed a photographic essay on children of Vietnam who had suffered horrible disfigurement as a result of the American presence in their country. At that time we were criticized for “tastelessness” in printing stark images of their suffering—skin melted by napalm, sightless eyes, limbs shattered almost beyond recognition. Our response, of course, was that these children were victims not of bad taste, but of an unconscionable war. In the following feature, compiled by French journalist Claude Johnes, we are again taking up the subject. These children’s drawings and their brief, impressionistic thoughts on scenes from what has become daily life, show that violence of the war is subtle as well as grotesque.

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