The Industrial Arts of Denmark; From the Earliest Times to the Danish Conquest of England

The Industrial Arts of Denmark; From the Earliest Times to the Danish Conquest of England

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...sun, a decided proof of the connection of the ships with the worship of the sun. Similar beaming suns and smaller rings with a point in the centre, probably moons, are represented with ships on the other knives (Figs. 128, 129). In the centre of one of the ships (Fig. 128) a large axe or half-moon-shaped sign stands erect. Birds are seen on both these knives, doubtless the sacred geese before mentioned. Between the bird-figure and the sun, above the sun-ship in Fig. 129, as well as behind the sun-ship in Fig. 130, a fish is represented, undoubtedly another of the many symbols in ancient times for the fertilising sun. To this very day in the East the fish is a religious symbol, principally having reference to fruitfulness or fertility, and sacred to domestic happiness. The most remarkable and most instructive of all the numerous representations of ships on these small bronze knives, found in the women's graves, are incomparably those containing figures of human beings, or rather of gods in human shape. On a knife lately found in Jutland is seen a ship (Fig. 131), in which are sitting two men, ornamented with horns, each with a large, broad-bladed axe in his hand. This is evidently a representation of the god of thunder in the sun-ship. The horns indicate his high dignity, and the axes, which in shape perfectly correspond to the wellknown broad bronze axes of the bog-finds, are, as usual in ancient times, emblems of the lightning and its divinity. Before the ship stands a man, or the sun-god, surrounded with snakes. At the narrower twisted snake-shaped end of the knife snakes are seen placed over a concentric ring without rays, which no doubt is here a sign for the moon. On another knife (Fig. 132), two men with rays around their heads are more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
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  • English
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  • 1236616219
  • 9781236616210