Tiger by the train station - for some reason, Oslo is associated with tigers.
Close up of tiger by train station.
More of tiger by train.
Plaque for tiger. Tigeren = “The tiger”
Back side of tiger by train station - yup, it's a male!
Pretty boat in harbour
More boats in the harbour
The rigging was impressive.
The ferry pick up point - a wee boat from here takes you to the pennisula where the ship museum hides.
On the ferry boat.
Looking back at the harbour form the ferry.
More looking back at the harbour.
Cruise ship in the harbour.
Cargo ship (I was taking pictures for Jamie!)
Boating for fun.
The ship museum - soon to be a historic monument itself.
The Ingstads - discovered and excavated the site at L'Anse aux Meadows, NFLD
Prow of Oseberg ship.
Oseberg ship, 2 women (30; 50), 9th century: cart, 3 sleighs, 4 animal head posts, buckets/barrels, kitchen/textile/agricultural equipment, tapestries, 12 horses, 3 chests, etc
Oseberg ship, from balcony, no flash
Prow of Oserberg ship, no flash
Gokstad ship: 9th century, male burial (robbed), textiles, bed?, game board, pouch, casket, fish hooks, harness mounts, caulrdon, bucket, 6 cups (hardwood), plate (oak), peacock remains, 12 horses, 6 dogs, oars, axe, 3 boats, 6 beds, tent, keg, etc
Gokstad ship, from balcony, no flash
Gokstad ship, from balcony, no flash, tourists for dimension :-)
Burial chamber from Gokstad ship
Rowboats from the Gokstad ship (there were 3)
Tent pegs from Oseberg ship
Borre ship, horse harness fittings
More Borre ship horse fittings
Gokstad bed posts?
Oseberg Buddha bucket
Oseberg Buddha bucket, no flash
Oseberg box handle
Underside of one of “Baroque” animal heads from Oseberg
Close up of “Baroque” animal heads from Oseberg
One of the “Baroque” animal head posts from Oseberg
“Academic” animal head post from Oseberg ship
One of “Baroque” animal head posts from Oseberg
Older woman's shoes from Oseberg ship burial
Chair from Oseberg ship burial (just couldn't get a good shot!)
Chair from Oseberg ship
Front of older woman's shoes from Oseberg
Tent toppers from Oseberg ship
Sleigh bells? Oseberg ship.
Wood carving from Oseberg
More carvings from Oseberg ship
Close up of carving - I wish I could remember what this thing was!
Tune ship, 9th century, probably male burial, but poor levels of preservation
Tune ship, from balcony, no flash
Ferry boat coming into Bygdoy
Yet another boat. I missed a shot of some clinker built row boats that looked like clones of the ones in the ship museum.
Self portrait on the ferry,
Loft house from Sondre Tveito, HovinTelemark, ca 1300 (oldest house in the museum - probably put on posts ca 1700)
Guest house from Akkerhaugen, Sauherad, Telemark, ca 1800
Self portrait in reflection
Post from loft house 122, Grimsgard?
Loft from Grimsgard, Nes, Hallingdal, ca 1700
Bur from Troym, Hemsedal, Hallingdal, ca 1650-1700 (storehouse for food) and Goat shed from Halvorgard, Hol, 1700s
Barn from Garsvik, Nordre-Holand, Ostlandet, 1838 (but type seen through Middle Ages)
ladder-stairs from unknown house
House from Lende, Time, Jaeren, 1845
Interior of 91, ca 1845
Bedroom in 91, 1845
Eldhus from Nes, Varaldsoy, Hordaland, ca 1600
Interior of one of 3 rooms in house 81
Same room in house 81
Farmhouse from Nes, Varaldsoy, Hordaland, ca 1600s
Interior of guesthouse from Ytre Saele in Bygstad, Gaular in Sunnfjord, Fjordane, 1650-1700
More of house 75 (Guest house)
Skylight, possibly from house 75
Textile tools from house 75
Butter churns and buckets, I think from house 75
Barrels, also from house 75, I think
I'm guessing we are still in house 75, but am out on a limb here.
Pigs. I can't remember why I took it.
This section is all from Trondelag, 1800-1900s. Mostly houses, but the ramp leads up to a more modern barn.
Looking back at pigpen and back side of barn 54 from Trondelag
Hearth in house from Landsverkster in Nord-Fron, Valdres and Gudbrandsdal, ca 1800
Table and bed in house 41
fuzzy self portrait looking into main room of house 41
Store room in house 41
More of the store room in house 41
Stave church from Gol, Hallingdal, ca 1200
Front of stave church
The only costumed person I saw - that's what happens when you come at the end of the day!
He was waiting for us all to clear out so that he could lock up the church.
Couldn't get a good shot of the interior - all painted and carved and lovely. Painting dates mostly from 1650s.
But I kept trying anyway.
Close up of side entrance.
It was hard to get just the right shot.
Side gallery, wraps around church.
Still trying to get the right shot.
Looking up from the front.
Zooms are cool! One of the many dragons on the church.
The front from the other side.
Another view. Did you know that there is no metal in this other than the gates added to keep the tourists out?
I loved the effects of the evening sun.
Caught the guy!
School from Natas, Lindas, Hordaland, 1866-1867.
Another shot of the schoolroom,
School house from Natas, Lindas, Hordaland, 1866-67
Sami Njalla (storehouse on posts to the left), Gamme 1993, and modern teepee style tent
Interior of Sami Gamme
Door to Sami Gamme
Two room Sami Gamme (anteroom and main room with open hearth and smoke hole), 1993
Gold neckring, Lillestuen, Rendalen, Hedmark, 10th century, roughly 20cm dia (showcase 3)
Silver neckring, Store Husum, Stokke, Vestfold, 10th century, dia ca 25 cm? (showcase 3)
Ringpin, Lillestuen, Rendalen, Hedmark, 10th Century, dia ca 20cm, pin length ca 40cm? (showcase 3)
As before - ridiculously big brooch (showcase 3)
Gold neck and arm rings, Haestad, Flekkefjord, Vest-Agder, 10/11th century (dia ca 40cm & 15cm?) (showcase 6)
As before, and still fuzzy. (showcase 6)
Necklace from hoard, Hon, Ovre, Eiker, Buskerad, 9th century (showcase 8)
Pendants from hoard, Hon, Ovre, Eiker, Buskerad, 9th century, enamelled one roughly 3cm dia (showcase 8)
Neck ring, hoard, Vulum, Malvik, Sor-Trondelag, 10/11th century (showcase 15)
Gold arm rings and finger ring, hoard, Vulum, Malvik, Sor-Trondelag, 10/11th century, (showcase 15)
Two arm rings, hoard, Vulum, Malvik, Sor-Trondelag, 10/11th century (showcase 15)
Neck rings, hoard, Vulum, Malvik, Sor-Trondelad, 10/11th century (showcase 15)
Gold spur and strap mount, Vaerne kloster, Ostfold, 10/11th century (showcase 15)
As before, with strap end from same find
Penannular brooch, Dyrnes, Eigersund, Rogaland, 10th century and finger ring, Ske, Bohuslan, Sverige, 10/11th century (showcase 15)
Brooch as before.
Urnes brooches: Hestehagan, Baerum, Akershus and Bo, Lesja, Oppland, 11th century (showcase 15)
As before, plus part of brooch, Kvalsund, Hammerfest, Finnmark, 10/11th century
Unravelling neck ring, from Vulum, Malvik, Sor-Trondelag hoard, 9th century
Fuzzy version of entire neck ring with unravelling wire. Dia ca 40cm? (showcase 15)
Leather pouch for lead weights (to go with merchant's scales), Nes, Larvik, Vestfold
Keys - sadly, no details because there wasn't time to write them all down. Hopefully I'll make it back.
More keys, locks, jug.
Keys, lock, jug.
As before, but the whole jug now.
Hot plate for cooking, strike-a-lights, all iron, same case as keys.
Spit, ladle, cauldrons, same case as keys.
Close up of spit end.
Cauldron. It was medium sized - maybe 40 cm across?
Cauldron, steatite bowl, part of the cauldron's chain
Whalebone plaque, Aby, Asker, Akershus
Whalebone weaving swords, stone loom weights.
Whalebone weaving swords, left is from Stokke, Vestvagoy, Nordland, 10th century; right is from Sande, Hadgel, Nordland, Viking Age
Hilt of Sande weaving sword
Copper alloy belt mount (9th century), trefoil brooch (9th/10th century), Kaupang, Larvik, Vestfold
Penannular brooch, Dolven, Larvik, Vestfold, 10th century, pin length ca 15cm?
Stacking bowls! I used to have a metal set like this! Steatite bowls, Landvik, Grimstad, Aust-Agder, Viking Age, biggest bowl dia ca 50cm
I was amazed by these.
Really. I wish I knew more about the context in which they were found.
“Jarl's grave” Male, Gjermundbu, Ringerike, Buskerud, 10th century (included: rattle, sickle, rasp, adze, knife, file, 2 horse bits, stirrups, spurs, helm, maile, 2 axes, dice, game pieces, sword, 2 spearheads, strike-a-light, sword chape, cauldron, 2 crampons, 4 arrow heads, cauldron chain
Jarl's grave, helm
Tried to get a bunch of shots, but it was too high, too dark and I couldn't hold my hands steady enough.
as before - from top
Jarl's grave, female, Ryem, Vikna, Nord-Trondelag, 10th century: 2 oval brooches, round brooch frag with glass, copper alloy and enamel, 22 glass and crystal beads
Jarl's grave, bone game pieces and dice
Jarl's grave, axehead and arrowheads
Jarl's grave, spearhead
Jarl's grave, second spearhead
Jarl's grave, copper alloy sword chape
“Franklin's grave” Male, Kjolstad, Sor-Odal, Hedmark, 10th century: 2 horse bits, axe, 8 arrowheads, sword, casket nails/lock/key,/mounts, strike-a-light, 2 shield bosses, spearhead, swivel?
“Franklin's grave” - female grave, equal-armed brooch
“Franklin's grave”, female, Hundorp, Sor-Fron, Oppland: 2 oval brooches, 3 glass beads, silver spiral bead, equal-armed brooch
Oseberg style oval brooches - sadly, no details because I thought they'd be in the guide book I picked up. I'll work on it.
Oseberg style oval brooches
Oseberg style equal-armed brooch
Oseberg style oval brooch
Borre style penannular
Borre style oval brooch
Borre style trefoil brooch
Borre style strap ends
Borre style trefoil
Borre style trefoils?
More Borre style trefoils
*sigh* Hopefully I'll get this sorted.
My holeysoles have no tread left and I was slipping all over the place!
It was about 7:30am (I was on an over-night train), raining, and nothing was open.
I did a double take with this one.
Didn't know they had totem poles in Newfoundland. Or that the Vikings had made it to BC. Actually, I read an article about that once... something about Norse style burial mounds along the BC coast. :-P
A fountain in the pouring rain.
Whalebone plaque and smoothing stone - anyone know what I did with my notes from the Kulture Historisk Museet in Bergen?
Spindle whorls, mixed materials.
Needle cases, iron?
Whalebone plaque from Oseberg ship.
Thor's hammers amulets - what did I do with those notes?
Kong Oscar's gate?
Earliest occupation layers found in Bryggen (ca 1100) in situ in Bryggen museum
Bone flute from Bryggen museum
Wax tablet with runic writing from Bryggen museum
Nalbinding: a mitten from the Bryggen museum
Reconstructed costumes at the Bryggen museum.
A piece of red wool from one of the early layers at the Bryggen museum.
Through the roof: looking up through one of the old Hanseatic buildings, now used for a series of shops.
Down an alley off Bryggen
From the gallery of on of the old Hanseatic buildings, looking into the alley.
On the gallery of one of the old Hanseatic buildings