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 usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...(J.) strap. Strange to say they are scarcely ever found in the graves, while they are very common in the deposits in bogs and fields. These vessels are generally decorated with intertwined S or snakes and concentric rings, &c, and at the bottom with sacred signs, crosses, stars, rings, the triskele (Fig. 136), and the swastika (Fig. 137), also with signs for the sun and moon, as the central point of the ornamentation. All this is a further proof of the conjecture that these hanging vessels were intended and used to carry and preserve the offerings to the gods. Among the votive articles of bronze and gold deposited in fields and bogs, most probably by women, several are of unusual size and peculiar forms. The spectacle-shaped brooches (Fig. 117), sometimes plated with gold, are much more frequently found, and of a greater size, in bogs than in graves. The heavy bronze headrings, shaped either like a sort of crown or like Fig. 138, where a twisted ring spreads out in front into flat plates and spiral ends, are unknown in finds from graves. The flat surfaces are decorated with sun-ships and moon-signs. Some of these peculiar rings are, so large and heavy that they db riot seem fit for wear, at any rate in daily use. The neck-rings and bracelets, both of bronze and gold, are extremely numerous. Other rings, some broad, some round and thick, recall to mind the leg-ornaments and the anklerings so much worn in some parts of India. Besides the home-made hanging-vessels, some larger vases, undoubtedly of foreign origin, are sometimes met with in the bogs of Denmark. Similar ones are known from North Germany and Hungary, where they principally date from the first Iron Age. They differ from the cast hanging-vessels of the Bronze Age, inasmuch more

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