The Shield of Achilles (1821).
Designed by John Flaxman; build by Phillip Rundell, a goldsmith in service to William IV, King of the United Kingdom.
Famously described in a passage in Book 18, lines 478–608 of Homer's The Iliad.
The engravings include two cities, one at peace and one at war. In the city at Peace, a man had been murdered, and an argument was ensuing over payment of blood-money. In the city at war, besiegers were divided over either sacking the city, or allowing it to pay a tribute for peace. Among other messages, one was clear: Times of War and Peace are both filled with conflict. Moreover, wartime is not always evil and peacetime is not always virtuous; while there is suffering in War, there is also courage, heroism and honor, and during times of Peace there is still murder, cowardice, and greed. Even people negotiating Peace sometimes have self-serving aims.