Wooden historical jewelry box with first scene from Völsunga saga
This box is crafted from linden tree. The lid was hand carved pattern descend from the Hylestad stave church that was a stave church located in Setesdal, Norway. The church was estimated to have been built in the late 12th to early 13th century and was demolished in the 17th century. Some of the intricate wood carvings from the church doorway were saved and incorporated into other buildings. They are now on display at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo.
The carvings show first scene from the legend of Sigurd Fåvnesbane - Sigurd and Regin forge the sword Gram. This legend (isl. Völsunga saga) is written in Icelandic in the late XII century, the story of the fate of the characters from the family of the founder Wolsung by Sygmunda to the fate Sygurda and Brunhilda and the destruction of the Burgundians. The story is largely based on the epic poetry of the time.
The first scene shows Sigurd (who wears a helmet) and Regin (who has a beard) at the forge. Sigurd, described as one of the best swordsmen, was urged by Regin to seek Fafnir the dragon's treasure. Regin then forged a sword with Sigurd at his side, providing assistance by keeping the fire going and providing water to cool the blade when needed. When the sword was completed they named it Gram.
20 cm / 7 1/9" wide
15 cm / 5 1/9" deep
8 cm / 3 1/7 high
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Dec 1, 2015
Arrived quickly and in perfect condition. Am very happy with the jewelry box :D
Jan 28, 2015
A Beautifully carved box, love it, superb craftmen, very helpful, well packed and safely delivered..have turned this into a Viking Tinder Box, thankyou.