The maiden fetched the magic wand, and then she took her stepsister’s head and dropped three drops of blood from it. Illustration by Arthur Rackham for Sweetheart Roland, a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm
This beautiful shield, dated to the 4th century BC, is where the warrior mentality meets art. Discovered in a river near Witham, this ceremonial practice dates to the Bronze Age. Originally this shield depicted a boar made of leather, which was riveted to the front piece. It is inlayed with red coral, probably from the Mediterranean.