An old woman with strong hands whets her sythe. This is the third print in Käthe Kollwitz’s series The Peasant War, which told a story of the German revolution of 1525, where peasants finally rose up against the feudal lords after centuries of abuse. After two prints describing institutional and personal violence, here we see a dark visage of the uprising to come. This woman means business.
Reed Enger, "Peasant War print 3: Whetting the Scythe," in Obelisk Art History, Published January 30, 2016; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/kathe-kollwitz/whetting-the-scythe/.