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Africa | Amulet necklace from the Tuareg people of Niger | Leather and silver

Africa | Amulet necklace from the Tuareg people of Niger | Leather and silver

“The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.”

– Carlos Castaneda (via lazyyogi)

art-of-swords:

European Halberd 

  • Dated: circa 1550
  • Culture: German
  • Measurements: overall length 221 cm; head 49 cm

The head is formed with a central spike of stiff-diamond section, while the axe-blade has an oblique near-straight cutting-edge, one side boldly struck with maker’s mark. There’s a star filled with a pellet, and with two decorative arrangements each of three groups of three circular stamps linked by pairs of incised curved lines.

The small flat rear fluke is pierced with a group of three circles. The open socket is extending to form a pair of wavy straps retained by seven nails. For a related example bearing the mark of the same maker see WALDMAN, John, “Hafted Weapons in Medieval and Renaissance Europe”, Boston 2005, p.73, fig. 69a.

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