Coimbra Exhibition

Wooden stick with runic inscription and ship grafitti

Place of OriginBergen, Medieval town
DescriptionA split branch of juniper wood with graffiti and Norse inscription in runes. One side is decorated with a fleet of 48 ships with elaborate stems, on the other side we see a full size ship with dragon heads. The inscription says 'her.fer .hafdiæfr’ (here sails the dauntless (valiant) master of the waves). This is one of the c. 700 everyday objects with runic writing found in Bergen.
TagsNorway; Bergen; Runic writing; Grafitti; Ship; Norse
Dimensions35 mm x 210 mm x 20
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Image LicenseCC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Image Rights Holder© The University Museum of Bergen
Photographic CreditsUniversity Museum of Bergen
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