National Geographic : 1941 Feb
264 The National Geographic Magazine With a Two-foot Whetstone the Dead Hero Was Expected to Sharpen His Sword It was placed near a portable flambeau which would furnish light for the work. Next to the red painted bosses at the ends, the square stone is decorated on each face with a bearded mask carved in high relief in a pear-shaped frame. Bronze terminals were once clasped around both knobs, but only one survives (opposite page). ODr.C.W. 'hillips The Sword Has a Golden Pommel and Gold Fittings Lying Beside It Originally three feet long, the iron blade was broken into four pieces when the roof fell. A crushed helmet lay near the sword and between them were most of the pieces of jewelry (page 256). Above are two gold clasps decorated with cloisonne (page 263).