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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Copenhagen's Treasures-Scandinavia Part 5

Gundestrup Cauldron

Peat bog, Gundestrup (Denmark)

First century B.C.E.

Silver partially gilded

Diameter 69cm., Height 42cm.

Copenhagen, Nationalmuseet
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Our first day in Copenhagen, ties together are famous Celts (see Ireland June 2011) and their raiding "cousins" across the seas.  Our Viking exploration continues in Copenhagen's National Museum.  This is an outstanding museum.  It really tells a complete story of the ancient civilizations and provides terrific historical pieces and artifacts.  A very interesting piece is show above (definitely one on the "must see" list according to Lord Clark from his epic Civilization) in the Gundestrup Cauldron.   What is so impressive here is the condition.  It is in excellent condition for a 2000 year old artifact.  This is thanks mostly to the peat bog's preservation characteristics.  I adore the way the Danes have illuminated the cauldron to show off it's highly polished silver -- it adds so to the mysterious and ominous (this may have been used in religious sacrifices) nature.  In it's presence, even behind the glass case, I feel it's pagan power draw me.  

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