Coimbra Exhibition

Stone Age bird figure

Place of OriginBremanger, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
Datec. 4-5000 BC
DescriptionA soapstone bird figure discovered during the archaeological excavation of a Stone Age site in Nordfjord, western Norway. It represents an aquatic bird, perhaps a duck or a common eider. It is elegantly shaped, and the soapstone gives it a “fat” consistency, providing positive associations. Such birds move regularly between the sea, the earth and the sky, which makes them important companions for shamans who seek access to realms beyond the reach of ordinary people.
Tagssoapstone, bird, stone age
Dimensions28 mm x 45 mm
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Image LicenseCC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Image Rights Holder© The University Museum of Bergen
Photographic CreditsPhoto: Svein Skare, The University Museum, University of Bergen
Metadata RightsCC BY-NC-ND 3.0