I went to my birth town Copenhagen this weekend and the main purpose was to see the Viking exhibition at the National Museum. If you follow this blog, you probably already know that I`m fairly interested *cough* in Vikings and seeing this exhibition was high on my list of things I wanted to do.
And they didn`t forget that Vikings were women too!
Vikings who couldn`t afford swords, carried axes
The exhibition wasn`t large but it was very well put together. They`d managed to gather quite a lot of artifacts and they`d also managed to make it interesting for both children and adults – Scandinavians and tourists.
Since most of you probably can`t make it to Copenhagen, I tried to take as many pictures as possible and I hope you`ll enjoy them. They`re taken with my cell phone so the quality could be better (note to self: bring real camera next time) but I hope you can still make out the greatness of this exhibition:
Gesta Cnutonis Regis. The book of Knut`s regency. From around 1042 or a little later
Figurine and Thor`s hammers
Silver cup with the figure of a woman. From Lejre, Denmark around 900s.
Beads with a cross. From Kaupang, Norway sometime in 900s.
Pictures of the three cruzifictions on Golgata. From early 900.
A model to pour silver into so they could make crosses and Thor`s hammers – proof that the two religions lived very well side by side!
The non-Christian Vikings referred to Jesus as White Christ because white was the color of cowards and they saw him as cowardly for not fighting his fate more. This is from Åby, Jutland about 1100.
I actually have a copy of a broche that looks very much like this one
Silver from the outside of a drinking “horn”
The gold necklace weighs more than 2 kilos!
The gold necklace weighed more than two kilos!
Fancy a new belt buckle – one that might kill you if you make the wrong move…
A wealthy couple, their clothes and their trunk of valuables
The chain mail was HEAVY!
Small players for a Viking game
Bow and arrow
Thyra Dane`s blog rules!
At the end of the exhibition one could make an “inscription” into a rune stone. I, of course, wrote this: “Thyra Dane`s blog rules”. Because it does, right? 😉