Kashmir by Steve McCurry
Wedged between India with its Hindu majority and Pakistan with its Muslim majority, Kashmir has been caught in the cross fire for more than half a century.
For almost two decades, the Indian and Pakistani armies have been fighting a war on the 20,000-foot-high Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battleground.
The Spirit of India
“There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.”
- Keith Bellows, National Geographic
The Sword of Emperor Maximilian I
Artist: Hans Sumersperger
1492 - 1498 in Hall / Tyrol
Steel, blued and gilded, iron cutting, brass, silver, mother of pearl (supplemented)
L. 139 cm
Signature: MAISTER (HAN) NS OF H (ALL) (Mary Page)
Inscription: Georg page: “HELP HEILIGERR KNIGHT S SANNDT JORRG HELP VN (S)”, “MARIIA HILLF AVS”, “MAISTER”; Marie page: “HILLF MARIA MVETER RAINE MAIDT ME BEFORE PEHVDT L (EID), “HELP Riter SAN IORG”; guard: MR, M, .496 IAR
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Secular Treasury
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